Rape victim moves application seeking court intervention

In a further embarrassment to the ruling BSP in UP, an alleged rape victim moved an application before a court accusing a cabinet minister among others of putting pressure to withdraw her complaint of sexual assault.

Last Updated: Feb 11, 2011, 23:09 PM IST

Allahabad: In a further embarrassment to
the ruling BSP in Uttar Pradesh, an alleged rape victim moved
an application before a court on Friday accusing a cabinet
minister among others of putting pressure to withdraw her
complaint of sexual assault.

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Chhaya Nain asked
the police to file a reply on the application filed by the
20-year-old woman, besides producing the case diary, on
February 17.

The complainant has alleged that six persons,
including Minister for Higher Education Rakesh Dhar Tripathi
and his nephew Sandeep Tripathi, have been issuing threats to
her family members and putting pressure on them for
withdrawing her FIR.

The First Information Report (FIR), dated January 23,
2010, was lodged at Handia police station of the district.

The victim alleged in the FIR that on January 19, she
had been abducted by three youths, one of them her college
mate, who took them to Surat in Gujarat and gang-raped her for
three days before bringing her back to Handia where she was
kept at Sandeep Tripathi`s house.

The woman also claimed that she was threatened with
dire consequences, at the instruction of Sandeep`s minister
uncle on phone, if she lodged a complaint with the police.

She claimed that she managed to flee Tripathi`s house
and reached her home and lodged the FIR thereafter.

According to the Handia police station, the FIR had no
mention of the girl having been threatened at Tripathi`s house
though her family members blamed it on "refusal of the police
for fear of annoying the minister".

Significantly, the minister had on January 28 last
issued a strong rebuttal claiming Sandeep Tripathi was not
related to him and that his name was being dragged into the
episode at the behest of his political rivals to tarnish his
image.

PTI