It’s getting scary as days progress and still, there are no guaranteed signs of safety for the girls and women these days.
Despite the fact that the Indian government passed an order calling for the death penalty to the rapists, the lethargic legal process for justice to the rape victims often acts as a major setback.
The nation is still carrying an unwanted record which we people are aware of. With so many records to boast about India’s development, their failure to stop rape cases is haunting like hell.
Rape is the fourth most common crime in India. The level of rape cases in our nation rose alarmingly. It is learnt that most of the rape cases were committed by someone known to the victim.
In a UP village situated near Allahabad, 3 men nabbed a girl in a field after which they gang-raped her and filmed the video on mobile phone. The survivor is believed to be a minor Dalit girl who had gone to her adjoining village only to get some grass.
The shocking incident happened on September 21 in Ghosia village of Kaushambi district that falls under Saray Akil police station.
The father of the survivor addressed the reporters that cops at the said police station beat him up when he went to file a complaint.
The National Scheduled Castes Commission has now taken suo moto cognizance of the case.
In a response to the commission on September 23 (accessed by Swarajya), Kaushambi superintendent of police Pradeep Gupta said that FIR (314/2019) has been filed against three accused identified as Mohammad Chhotka alias ‘atankwadi’ (20), Badka (22) and Mohammad Nazim (20). Chhotka and Badka, translated in English as ‘younger’ and ‘elder’, are none other than brothers and residents of Ghosia village.
The sections applied are 376 (rape), 376 D (rape by one or more persons), 354 (assault or criminal force to outrage modesty of a woman), 506 (criminal intimidation), 286 (negligent conduct with respect to explosive substance), sections 3 and 4 of Protection of children from sexual offences or POCSO Act, section of Criminal Law Amendment Act, and various sections of SC/ST Act.
Only one of the accused mentioned in the case, Mohammad Nazim has been arrested so far. According to local media reports, Nazim was caught by villagers while the other two managed to escape.
A special investigation team (SIT) was framed on Sunday and as many as five teams are in the hunt for the absconding accused. A prize of Rs 25,000 has also been announced on them.
In the video (which was accessed by Swarajya), 2 men were raping the girl in turns while one of them is filming the act.
One of the rapists can be heard telling the girl that she is even lucky that they are only three of them at the spot as usually it’s done by a group of over 20. “Those men would have taken your video to your father as well,” one of the man is heard saying.
The girl screamed and told the men to stop it for Allah’s sake. “Allah ki kasam, mere saath mat karo (for Allah’s sake, don’t do this with me),” she says, but the men didn’t bother about her. The girl is citing them as ‘bhaiya’ (brother) throughout.
An official in the SC commission on the condition of anonymity said further investigation is indeed necessary to determine the group, or other men from the same village, have been linked in similar crimes in the past.
The accused’s statement in the video that “usually it’s done by a group of over 20”, evokes suspicion, the official added.
The survivor’s statement has also been recorded and a huge compensation of Rs 4 lakh has been released.
According to a report, the police may involve the National Security Act against the accused.
(with inputs from Swarajyamag.com)