In a horrendous incident, a woman in Rajasthan's Alwar district was allegedly gangraped for nearly three hours by five people in front of her husband. While the accused took their turn to outrage the modesty of the woman, one of them shot the incident in his mobile phone. The incident, that took place on April 26, could only come to light after the end of May 6 elections in Rajasthan.
Days after the grusome incident, the husband of the victim has revealed the shocking apathy of Rajasthan police post their traumatic experience. He claimed that they were in a state of shock due to the incident and decided to kept quit. But, when one of the accused called him and demanded money or else threatened to distribute the video on social media, they decided to file a police complaint.
However, when he reached the Alwar Superintendent of Police (SP) Rajiv Pachar, his response was more shocking and gave a glimpse of the rotten police system. The SP took a complaint on a paper and send the victim's husband to Thanagaji police station where the incident took place. What happened there was even disappointing as the SHO of Thanagaji police state didn't register his FIR.
"The incident occurred on April 26. This all happened for nearly three hours. Initially, we kept quiet, but when the accused called me demanding money for not circulating the video, I went to the SP office and gave him a complaint. He sent me to the SHO of Thanagaji police station where the SHO received the complaint but the FIR was not lodged," the victim's husband told PTI while narrating his ordeal.
He claimed that the SHO took him to the scene of the crime on the same day and later asked him to go. But when he recieved no communication from the police, he called the SHO and what he told him was beyond criticism. We are busy in elections, the SHO allegedly told him. When he tried to reach the SP, he too repeated the same words and asked him to wait till the elections are over.
"Next day, I called the SHO but he said that policemen were busy in election. When I called the SP, he also gave the same response. I was asked to wait till elections are over. The FIR was lodged on May 2," he said.
Narrating their ordeal, he said, "One of the accused called me and demanded money on April 30. He said that the video will be circulated on WhatsApp if I did not give them money. My younger brother told about this to the SP but nothing happened and on May 4, the video was circulated".
"We suffered unexplainable nightmare on April 26. When the video was circulated among locals, our dignity was completely lost and when I told this to the police, their reaction was also disappointing," he said. The victim has also claimed that he had given the phone numbers of the accused to the police but they delayed taking action.
When the matter was highlighted on Tuesday, the Congress-led Rajasthan government woke up and took action against the SP and the Thanagaji SHO in a hustle. Both were suspended.
The incident triggered massive protests across the state with locals in Thanagaji. The BJP is also scheduled to hold ‘dharnas’ across the state today. The husband of the victim claimed that he had approached the Thanagazi police station SHO and the SP with his complaint, but he was asked to wait as they were busy with the elections. He alleged that an FIR was lodged only on May 2.
Meanwhile, prime accused Hansraj Gurjar was arrested from Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura on Thursday. With this arrest, all the five suspects of the brutal incident are in police custody. Alwar gangrape has sparked massive protests across Rajasthan. The BJP is also scheduled to hold ‘dharnas’ across the state today.