Pregnant rape survivor meets Gujarat CM
AHMEDABAD: The 24-year-old gang rape survivor from Botad, who was denied permission by the Gujarat high court to abort her seven-month pregnancy after rape, met chief minister Anandiben Patel at the CMO in Gandhinagar on Tuesday and sought strict police action against her tormentors. She alleged that the local police were shielding the key accused who is a rich and influential person.
“The main culprit, the sarpanch of Sundariyana village, Mayur Rajput, who sexually assaulted me while I was kept captive for more than 250 days, is still at large. Police have not been able to arrest him mainly because he is wealthy and has great influence,” the survivor has said in a written complaint to the chief minister.
Anandiben Patel met the survivor and asked principal secretary to the CM, S Aparna, to look into her case. Aparna reportedly convened a meeting of IG and SP-rank police officials and conveyed to them the CM’s wish that the survivor’s complaint should be promptly addressed.
Speaking to TOI from the CMO, the rape survivor said that she always lived in fear as Rajput had not been arrested and the accused guard, who was recently released on bail, had threatened her mother.
“The guard confronted my mother in the vegetable market one day and told her, ‘I am out of jail and I will make your and your daughter’s life miserable’. Until such elements are reigned in by the police, how can one feel safe?” she said.
The survivor has alleged that the police have not named many of the persons she had named as accused in the complaint.
“The Dafers who kidnapped me had got my thumb impression on a paper to claim marriage or ‘maitri karar’ through a notary. The notary has not been named in the complaint. A tantrik also performed some ritual pronouncing me a Dafer wife. I told the police about the tantrik but he too has not been named as an accused by the police,” said the survivor.
The survivor has said that while the high court had ordered the district police chief to investigate the case, it is deputy superintendent of police Tejas Patel who continues to investigate the case.
Botad SP, SK Gadhvi, said that the district police are taking all necessary steps to ensure that the survivor gets justice and safety. “After the complaints against the police sub-inspector investigating the case, we gave the case to DySP Rahul Patel who is currently investigating it. I am supervising the case and have questioned all the accused,” said Gadhvi.