The gang-rape of a student on a moving bus in Delhi in 2012 was one of the frightful levels of violence against women in India. This also led to major reform in the Indian rape laws, including speeding up of trials and increased punishments for offenders. But rape incidents are still continued to be reported on a daily basis. In a recent rape case, a local BJP’ leader’s son, Prince Saluja has been involved in a gang rape of a woman and is still absconding while the other two accused Devendra (23) and Farid Ali (21) have been arrested by the Police in Chattisgarh- India. The 36-year-old was gang-raped on last Tuesday in the Mahasamund district, 75 km from the state capital Raipur. Now there might be a rise in assumptions that a politician’s son being involved in this case might lead to a possibility of the accused getting saved due to the political intervention into the police investigation.
According to the sources, during the preliminary investigation, it was found that the victim, who works in a private school as a cook in Balodabazar-Bhatapara district, had come to her parents’ home for Dussehra. On the night of October 11, the victim had gone along with her sister behind their house to relieve herself.
The three men were waiting for them, and forced the victim into their vehicle. They took her to a secluded place and allegedly raped her. The three also filmed her and threatened to post the clip online if she approached the police. The trio then fled abandoning the woman close to her house.
The victim lodged a complaint in this connection on October 14 following which Devendra and Farid were arrested yesterday. The car, which belongs to Prince, used in the crime was also seized, said Basna SHO Narendra Yadav. Efforts are on to nab the third accused who is absconding. He said.
The three accused were booked under sections 376 (g) (gang rape) and 506(b) (criminal intimidation) of IPC, the SHO said, adding that further probe was on.