Once again, women have been subjected to ‘jungle raj’ and the face of humanity hangs in shame. Incidents of crime against women paint a gory picture of Rajasthan, which holds the notorious title of being the state with the third highest number of rape cases according to the National Crime Records Bureau. 34,651 rape cases under Section 376 of IPC were registered during 2015 in the country, out of which Rajasthan featured 3,644.
This time, the city in which a notorious gang raped happened, is Rajasthan’s Baran district – which is famous for its 11th century Bhand Deva Temple on the banks of Dhala crater.
A married 40-year-old woman was raped by six youths who even had the audacity to film their heinous crime and upload it to social media. The crime was committed around a month ago, but the victim didn’t have the courage earlier.
However, on 5 March, the victim lodged a report against the six accused in Mahila police station of Baran district, as confirmed by SHO Mahila police station, Baran Anis Ahamed.
The woman, who is a labourer at a roadside food stall in Kota, only gathered the courage to file a complaint, after she learnt about the video being uploaded on social media and was being circulated throughout the area.
The victim, in her complaint, alleged that when she reached Baran (where her in-laws’ live), one of the accused, Chetan Meena who is from Hingoniya village and is known to her, took her on his motorbike near Samaspura village to an isolated spot. This he did on the pretext of dropping her to her desired destination.
While she thought he would be trustworthy, she had little idea that she was wrong. Soon, five others joined in and took turns to gang rape her at the isolated spot.
After doing so, they even managed to film their crime and later dropped her near her in-laws’ house the next day. They then threatened to kill her family members, if she disclosed the incident to anyone.
Fearing the lives of her loved one and the reputation of her marriage, she kept mum for a month after this horrific crime. Since she reported the crime, the Rajasthan Police have booked the six persons under Section 376 of the IPC and various sections of the IT Act.
Despite all of this, none of the accused has been arrested so far. The victim’s statement would be recorded before a magistrate under section 164 and the investigation will be carried on by DSP.
We strongly believe that in 2018, strictest action must be taken against such culprits and they should be given maximum punishment or hanged in public.
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