Just 25 kilometres from Ghaziabad, where a woman was gangraped on February 5, is a lone young man fighting against a whole village.
He is running from pillar to post to get justice for his girlfriend who was raped by 11 boys from Garhi Chowkhandi Village. The girl has since then left the country.
On January 5, 2009, the man and his girlfriend, both MBA students at a Noida institute, were on their way back from Great India Place Mall in Noida in their car when 11 boys from the village overtook them.
They attacked them with cricket bats, wickets and bricks near Hindon river and then gangraped the girl. The accused boys were coming back after winning a cricket match.
After the incident, the man took the victim to Gautam Buddha Nagar Police Station and got a case registered against the accused.
Fighting against all odds
The victim's boyfriend has been requesting for the case to be transferred to Delhi saying that he fears for his life in Noida.
"All the 11 accused have secured bail. The victim has left the country out of fear. Her friend who had lodged the FIR has expressed inability to come to Noida Court to pursue the case citing security as the reason. We had assured him full security but he has requested the Supreme Court to shift the case from Noida to Delhi. Once the Supreme Court decides, we will implement the orders," said HN Singh, superintendent of police (Noida).
Police said the man has claimed villagers of Garhi Chowkhandi have threatened him time and again.
For the residents of Garhi Chowkhandi village, their 11 boys are completely innocent.
"Our boys have not been able to get married because of the false charges against them. We have been made victims for no reason. The whole village stands by them," said Ram Bhul Yadav, the village head.
They also rubbished the allegations that they have been trying to intimidate the victim's friend. "If we wanted to intimidate him, we would had done that even before the trial started. These are false allegations," said Jai Bhagwan Yadav, another villager.