Protests rage on in Rajasthan

Jaipur: Even after two weeks following the gang-rape of a dalit woman in a village in Alwar district of the state the incident has provoked rage and protests across the state. State BJP president Madan Lal Saini led protestors and submitted a memorandum to the governor Kalyan Singh over the incident and demanded to initiate a judicial inquiry into the incident.

The husband of the woman, a Dalit, said she was gang-raped on April 26 and the police were informed on April 30, but the FIR was filed on May 7. He alleged the police did not act quickly because of the election; Rajasthan voted in the Lok Sabha polls in two phases on April 29 and May 6.

The police said they have arrested all the six accused – Indra Raj Gurjar, Mahesh Gurjar, Ashok Gurjar, Hansraj Gurjar, Chhote Lal Gurjar and Mukesh Gurjar. On April 26, the woman was riding pillion on a motorcycle with her husband when the accused, who were on two bikes, waylaid them in Alwar and took them to a field. They allegedly thrashed the husband and raped the woman in front of him.

Mukesh Gurjar allegedly filmed the crime in his mobile phone. After the couple went to the police, the accused allegedly demanded money for not circulating the video on social media. On Tuesday, the Rajasthan government removed Alwar police chief Rajiv Pachar and suspended another officer, Sardar Singh, who was in charge of the police station where the survivor had approached.

Four more policemen have been taken off duty. The National Commission for SC and ST has sanctioned a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the survivor, apart from Rs 50,000 that she was given by the women & child development department.

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