August 19, 2018

FIR on 6 for showing survivor

Patna: The Gaya district police have lodged a case against six senior leaders of the RJD, accusing them of revealing the identity of the 15-year-old girl who was gang-raped along with her mother at gunpoint in the Konch police station area late on Wednesday evening.

An FIR has been lodged with the Gaya Magadh Medical College police station against former minister Alok Mehta, RJD state women’s cell president Abha Lata, Belaganj MLA Surendra Yadav, RJD Gaya district president Nizam Alam and the RJD district women cell president Saraswati Devi.

The police complaint, lodged on Friday evening, alleged that the six leaders along with eight to 10 supporters forcibly stopped a police vehicle carrying the 15-year-old survivor to the ANMCH for medical examination, and compelled her to come out of the vehicle and narrate her ordeal to journalists in full public view.

The girl repeatedly requested the leaders not to ask her to narrate her tale of woes so many times. At one point of time, the piece of cloth with which she had covered her face had slipped and her face could be seen.

“This is not the way to protest any incident of crime,” a police officer said under cover of anonymity.

The RJD leaders have been booked under sections 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 228A (disclosing the identity of victim), 114 (abetment), 353 (preventing public servant from discharge of official duty) of the IPC and Section 74 of the Juvenile Justice Act. The juvenile justice law section entails punishment for a term of six months, fine up to Rs 2 lakh, or both.

Similarly, any person found guilty under Section 353 of IPC may be punished for two years or fine or both. The offenders under Section 228A are liable for imprisonment up to two years.

The RJD leaders have also been accused of forcibly taking photographs and video recording the statement of the girl on mobile phones when she was being escorted by a police team.

A video of the girl’s ordeal later went viral on social networking sites.

“This is a serious matter and suitable action will be initiated against the offenders as per the law,” Gaya senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rajeev Mishra said.

The police have already arrested two persons, who the survivors have identified as their tormentors.

The police sent the blood-stained clothes of the victims to the forensic science laboratory for test. The special investigation team (SIT) has collected evidences from the spot.

The incident happened on Wednesday night when a family – husband, wife and daughter – was on way to Guraru Bazar on motorbike. Criminals waylaid the family near Sonadih village under Koch police station at gunpoint and raped the mother and daughter after tying the man to a tree.

Initially, the man told the police that his wife was raped and his daughter was molested. Later, the girl admitted she was also gang-raped.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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