72 hours on, no arrest in Dalit gangrape case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Rohtak
  • Updated: Jul 18, 2016 11:33 IST
Members of the Dalit bodies protesting in Rohtak on Sunday. (Manoj Dhaka/HT Photo)

Three days have passed since the police registered a case against five accused of gangraping a Dalit girl in Rohtak, but no arrests have been made.

The five accused, who had allegedly gangraped the Dalit girl in Bhiwani three years ago, allegedly raped her again in Rohtak on Wednesday.

The victim complained that she was kidnapped by the same accused in broad daylight when she was returning home from college. She said the accused took her in their car and raped her.

She was found lying unconscious near Sukhpura Chowk with her clothes torn on Wednesday night, by locals, who rushed her to Rohtak Civil Hospital. On Thursday, she was referred to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) by doctors, where she gave her statement to the police.

A case against five accused — Amit, Mausam, Raju, Akash and Sandeep — was registered after her complaint. Police said all the accused were from Bhiwani and were absconding.

Deputy superintendent of police Pushpa Khatri, who is heading the case, said two of the five accused were arrested in 2013, but the names of the other three were not mentioned in the FIR. The two arrested were also released later on bail.

However, the victim’s brother said they had filed the case in the court for the arrest of remaining three and re-arrest of two accused. “The accused were constantly threatening us to compromise outside the court. They even offered us a hefty amount for settlement. But we didn’t agree. They are men from upper caste and we are Dalits. It seems they can do whatever they want without fearing the law,” the victim’s brother said.

“We have also requested for police protection, but to no avail. Despite repeated demands, the police didn’t include SC/ST Act in the FIR,” he added.

Meanwhile, the police have formed three teams to nab the accused, but have not succeeded till now.

DSP Khatri said the investigations were on in full swing. “Our teams have been going to Bhiwani from the past two days to conduct raids and interrogations. We have raided their houses, but they are on the run. I can’t reveal more content of the investigation right now,” she added.

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