Girl alleges UP minister`s kin trying to shield her rapists
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Last Updated: Friday, January 28, 2011, 23:17
Allahabad/Lucknow: In further embarrassment for Mayawati Government, a teenaged girl has told a court that a nephew of an UP minister was allegedly trying to shield three youths who had gangraped her, a charge denied by the state police and the minister.

The incident pertains to Handia police station area of Allahabad district where an FIR was lodged on January 23 by the family of the alleged rape victim, who is a student of class XII at a local intermediate college, Inspector in-charge of the police station B L Rawati told PTI.

He said the complainant had brought his daughter to the police station claiming that the girl was a minor and that she was "forcibly taken to Surat" in Gujarat by three youths on January 19 where she was gangraped for four days.

In the FIR, one Alok Yadav, who studied in the same college as the girl, and two unidentified persons were named following which Yadav, the victim's junior, was arrested and sent to a remand home as he was less than 18 years of age.

Rawat also claimed that neither the girl nor her parents had made "any mention of pressure being put on them from any quarters to modify or withdraw their complaints".

However, while deposing before Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Chhaya Nain, the girl said "that she was being pressured by a nephew of Minister for Higher Education Rakesh Dhar Tripathi to withdraw her complaint", the girl's lawyer R S Ojha told reporters here.

Ojha said that the girl had also prayed for a fresh medical test as the medical examination conducted under the supervision of Mahila Thana had reportedly "failed to establish that she was sexually assaulted".

He also claimed that his client was "only 16 years old, as is evident from her high school records, though the medical tests have stated her age to be 19 in order to conceal the fact that the girl is a minor".

The court has ordered that the girl be made to undergo a fresh medical test and the report be submitted on Monday next.

In Lucknow, Special Director General of Police Brij Lal denied that the Minister's kin was involved in the incident after reports alleged that the girl and the accused were found at the minister's house and gave his own version of events.

He claimed that the girl was was missing from her house in Ramaipur village and had fled alongwith her school mate to Surat, only to return on January 23.

On her return, she had taken shelter in a temple in Chaura Badera hamlet, adjacent to the house of a relative of Minister Tripahti who also belongs to the same village.

The father and brother of the girl had also found her in the temple and had informed the police, Brij Lal told reporters, adding that her schoolmate was also arrested from there.

"The reports of involvement of minister's relative in the case are wrong and the father of the girl has also made no mention of either the minister or his nephew Sunil Tripathi in this connection," he said, adding that they were awaiting the report of medical examination.

The Minister's Public Relations Officer Rudramani Mishra, meanwhile, claimed that "no family member of the minister is involved in the matter in any way".

"Contrary to what is being said, the minister does not even have a house in the village where the girl was allegedly asked to withdraw her complaints," Mishra said

He alleged "it is a conspiracy by political opponents to tarnish the image of the minister who has been in public life for over 40 years.

"We hope that the case will be investigated speedily and the guilty will be brought to book at the earliest," he said.

The incident comes hot on the heels of the Banda Rape incident. On Janury 13, BSP MLA Purshottam Dwivedi was arrested in Banda a month after he allegedly raped a 17-year-old dalit girl who was later implicated in a false theft case.

Also, days after the UP Police gave a clean chit to ruling BSP MLA Shiv Prasad Yadav, facing allegations of colluding with a rape accused and implicating the victim in a false case, a court in Etawah yesterday directed the police to lodge an FIR against him and police officers.


First Published: Friday, January 28, 2011, 23:17

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