It’s been two days since the rape of an 18 year old girl by two police constables in Pratapgarh, 337 km from Jaipur, came to light, and the district is simmering with rage.
After members of the local Gayri community (goat herds) went on a rampage on Monday, police stepped up security in the district. And on Tuesday, police arrested 14 members of the Gayri community, while a local court sent the two accused, who had already been suspended, to two days police remand.
According to the FIR lodged by the girl’s father, the victim, Sujata (name changed) was reportedly missing from home for the last three months and had been recovered only three days ago on May 12 by the police.
On the night of May 15, constables Pawan Kumar Meena and Tejraj Singh allegedly went to the victim's house and asked her to accompany them to the police station for interrogation. Thereafter, Meena took the victim to a government quarter inside the Chhoti Sadri police station premises and raped her.
After the incident came to light on Monday, the girl’s father tried to lodge an FIR but couldn’t because of the alleged non-cooperation of the officials at the Chhoti Sadri police station.
What followed was several hours of violence, with the Gayris throwing stones on the police station and setting government vehicles on fire. In retaliation police resorted to firing in which a villager was injured. Late Monday evening the police relented and lodged the FIR.
Chittorgarh MP Girija Vyas has spoken to the villagers and government officials, and assured that the victim would be rehabilitated.