The minor, who was raped by gang of dacoits in Bulandshahr, has moved the Supreme Court seeking FIR against Azam Khan, Samajwadi Party leader and a minister in Akhilesh Yadav-led government in Uttar Pradesh, reported The Indian Express. The girl has also sought action against erring officers.
On 2 August, Azam Khan had alleged that a "political conspiracy" might be involved in the gang rape of the Noida-based mother and her teenaged daughter near Bulandshahr. According to the report, the minor has also asked that the case should be investigated under the top court's supervision. The girl also urged that the case be transferred to New Delhi.
Azam Khan's comments on the gang rape survivors was seen as insensitive and bizarre. The urban development and parliamentary affairs minister had said in that the investigative agencies should explore the possibility of some opposition party being involved in the gang rape.
While justifying the action against policemen on the issue, the minister had further said that the government should also keep a watch on opponents as "people can stoop to any levels" in politics.
"To get power, politicians can get down to any level. They can murder people, trigger riots, kill innocent people, so the truth has to be found out," Khan had said.
The family had threatened to commit suicide if the culprits were not punished within the next three months, reports said.
"Everyone in our locality knows what happened. There are media persons waiting outside our house. We have not been able to go home because of embarrassment," the girl's father told The Indian Express.
Meanwhile, Khan refused to comment on the minor's move to SC and said he had not done anything wrong, reported CNN-News 18.
The gang rape occurred on the night of 31 August, when a 35-year-old woman and her 14-year-old daughter were allegedly waylaid by a group of dacoits. According to the police, the family's car was stopped on NH 91, the women dragged out of the vehicle, and the family robbed at gun point. The entire episode lasted over three hours.
According to reports, the victims had approached the Dehat Kotwali police station to file an FIR following the incident. The Indian Express reported that when the family reported the crime to SHO RS Singh, he failed to respond and did not visit the scene of crime. There were also reports that police did not answer calls placed to the emergency helpline number.
The family, comprising the woman, her husband, their two daughters and two other male relatives, were travelling from Noida to Shahjahanpur at around 2.30 am on Saturday night when they were stopped by the dacoits.
According to a report by The Times of India, as the family was approaching Dostpur village, the dacoits who were hiding behind the bushes allegedly flung a rod at the vehicle. The driver stopped the car and stepped out to investigate, when the robbers emerged from the bushes and took the family at gun point.
They forced the driver to take the vehicle off the road and drive into a field where they separated the family. They then dragged the woman and her elder daughter out and repeatedly raped the two victims for three hours. They then reportedly snatched Rs 11,000 in cash and also stole other valuables like jewellery, ATM card, etc.
With inputs from agencies
First Published On : Aug 13, 2016 14:54 IST