BSP supremo Mayawati on Saturday demanded that the guilty in the Alwar gangrape case should be hanged till death adding 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 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,” Mayawati was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
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 came into light, Jaipur Inspector General S Segathir said on Wednesday that four out of the five accused have been arrested and 14 police teams pressed into service to nab the remaining accused.
On Tuesday night, the Rajasthan government removed Alwar Superintendent of Police Rajiv Pachar and put him under the Awaiting Posting Order status, citing administrative reasons.
On Thursday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued a notice to the Rajasthan government and the State DGP in connection with the alleged rape of the Dalit woman.
The NHRC issued notices to the Rajasthan Chief Secretary and the State Director General of Police (DGP), asking them to submit a report in the matter within six weeks.
The State government has released an interim relief of Rs 4.12 lakh for the victim as per the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has said the guilty won’t be spared and the state will ensure speedy trial.
Meanwhile, locals took out a protest march in Thanagazi town demanding arrest of all the accused. Protests were also held in Dausa, Jaipur and Churu demanding death penalty for the culprits.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra also attacked the Congress over the incident in a tweet saying “the cops sat on Dalit gangrape for seven days and waited for the polls to end in the Congress-ruled Rajasthan”.
In Congress Ruled Rajasthan for 7 days the cops sat on Dalit gangrape and waited for the polls to end ..
If the same would have happened in a BJP ruled state,the gang of liberals would have unleashed their most scathing attack on Modi
Is Lutyen extending it’s protection to Rahul? pic.twitter.com/CTtyxEFyqg
— Chowkidar Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) May 11, 2019
The BJP-led state government was toppled by the Congress last year in the Assembly elections.
Sharpening her attack, Mayawati, meanwhile, said that the Election Commission was not taking appropriate action against political leaders who are making derogatory remarks against women during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.