Sunday, January 15, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Dalit woman raped near CM's ancestral home

Dalit woman raped near CM's ancestral home
Suchandana Gupta, TNN Jan 14, 2012, 04.39AM IST

BHOPAL: A 48-year-old Dalit woman residing next to chief minister
Shivraj Singh Chouhan's ancestral home in Jait village of Sehore
district was allegedly raped in her hutment in the night of December
25. State Congress leaders allege that the woman rushed to the police
outpost guarding Chouhan's ancestral home but was turned away. She had
then gone pleading door-to-door for police help, but even the village
panchayat refused to listen to her pleas, according to them.

"This woman is CM's neighbour and a victim of rape. But even living so
close to the CM's home did not assure police action,'' alleged
Congress media-cell chief Manak Agarwal. Agarwal claimed that it was
only fifteen days later on January 10 that the police finally
registered an FIR, after state Congress leaders sent by PCC chief
Kantilal Bhuria accompanied the victim to the local Shahgunj police
station, some 18 kms away. According to former Congress MLA from
Bhopal PC Sharma who went to the village to pursue the case, the woman
was being raped for a second time. "Last year she was raped by a
27-year-old youth from the same village, a man called Vimalesh
Chouhan, who is known to the CM's family,'' Sharma alleged."That time,
the police had refused to register a complaint. The victim told us
this was because the accused was the son of the CM's brother's
friend.'' The government, however, says the alleged rapist has been
jailed. The police registered an FIR and, thereafter, a case against
the accused Dhanraj Daroi, under sections 376, 456, 450 and 506 of the
IPC. The accused was arrested and produced before the court and
remanded to jail custody,'' a government statement said.

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