Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati (ANI Photo)
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Saturday accused the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government of trying to supress Alwar gangrape case in wake of Lok Sabha elections and urged the Supreme Court to take action against the state govenrment and administration. Addressing a press conference on the issue, the BSP leader said that the matter was not just related to the people of scheduled castes but all women and demanded death penalty for the culprits.
"The guilty in Alwar gang-rape case should be hanged till death. Supreme Court should take action against the Congress government, police and the administration in the state. This matter is not just related to Dalits but all women," the Bahujan Samaj Party president said.
In a horrendous incident, a woman belonging to scheduled caste 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 on his mobile phone and shared the video on social media.
The incident had taken place on April 26 but came to light on Tuesday as the police had allegedly asked the victims that they were busy in the Lok Sabha elections and that the should wait till the polls in state are over.
Narrating their ordeal, the husband of the victim said that they were in a state of shock due to the incident and decided to kept quit as they were too scared to come out. However, he said that they went to police when the accused started demanding money or else threatened to share the video on social media.
"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.
After the incident came to light, the police came in action and arrested all the five accused involved in the crime. The Congress-led state government also took action against the police officials who had allegedly refused to register an FIR and suspended Alwar SP Rajiv Pachar and Thanagaji police station SHO.
Reacting to the incident, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said that the incident was a serious issue and assured justice for the woman. He said that the culprits will be brought to justice and the case will be taken up under the case officer scheme. The cheif minister said that he has decided to appoint a CEO level official to monitor the crimes against SC/ST woman.