Amid accusations of suppressing the incident for political gains, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday assured the family of the Alwar gangrape survivor that they would get justice adding that the culprits will not be spared.
Addressing the media, Rahul Gandhi said that soon after he was informed about the incident, he spoke with Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
Asserting that it was not a political issue for him, he said the victim will receive justice.
Gehlot, who was also at the press conference, said, “We will ensure maximum punishment to the accused”.
Gandhi was accompanied by Gehlot, Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, party state incharge Avinash Pandey and Alwar Congress candidate, Jitendra Bhanwar Singh.
Earlier, BSP chief Mayawati had accused the Congress government of suppressing the matter for political benefits.
She had demanded that the Supreme Court should take action against the Congress government, the police and the administration in the state for delaying the case.
On April 26, a Dalit couple riding on a motorcycle on Thanagaji-Alwar road was waylaid by the accused who came on two bikes. They beat the husband, stripped the couple and raped the woman in front of her husband. One of accused also shot a video.
The husband of the rape survivor claimed that he had approached the Thanagazi police station SHO and the SP with his complaint on April 30, but was asked to wait as they were busy with the elections. He alleged that an FIR was lodged only on May 7.
The state voted across two phases – April 29 and May 6 – of the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Alwar was among the 12 seats in Rajasthan that went to the polls on May 6.
As reports of delayed investigation emerged, the BJP attacked the Ashok Gehlot government in the state.
The city SP was shunted out and an SHO was suspended for delaying action on the pretext of poll preparations.
As the case into light, four out of the five accused were arrested and 14 police teams pressed into service to nab the remaining accused.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had said the guilty won’t be spared and the state will ensure speedy trial.
The BJP-led state government was toppled by the Congress last year in the Assembly elections.