BJP demands action against staff for harassing Nowshera rape case victim

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Jun 04, 2014 22:11 IST

Expressing anger against the hospital authorities of Nowshera and Rajouri, BJP women leaders demanded stern action against the staff which harassed the rape victim and his father.

Talking to reporters on Wednesday, BJP state secretary Rajni Sethi said that chief minister Omar Abdullah should himself intervene and ensure speedy trial under fast track court to punish the rapist, who committed such heinous crime on a minor girl in Nowshera on June 1.

She also appealed to the CM to immediately suspend the hospital staff of Nowshera and Rajouri for their ill-behaviour.

Sethi said that the crime against women, young females in particular, had gone up by 75% in the state. In 2012, a total of 303 rape cases were registered, while in 2013 it went upto 378, she said and added that rise in the percentage of such crimes was an indication that the government has never been serious towards safety and security of women.

Sethi said that the women constitute about 50% of the population and repeated claims have been made that women are treated at par with men but in reality the situation is different.

On June 1 afternoon, an 11-year-old was raped in Nowshera around 120 km from Jammu by Sanjeev Kumar, a man from the same locality. The victim, whose father is a labourer, had gone to get cold water from the home of accused. The accused was arrested by the police after the girl narrated the incident to family, who then lodged the complaint with the police.

Soon after the incident, the parents admitted the victim to a hospital in Nowshera. Doctors on the same evening referred the victim to Rajouri district hospital, around 50 km from Nowshera.

The victim's family alleged that doctors at Rajouri hospital did not attended her properly and her condition deteriorated. The victim was from here referred to a hospital in Jammu, around 170 km from Rajouri.

After struggling to get admission in Jammu Medical College, the victim was at last admitted to nearby Sarwal Government Hospital on June 2, after around 15 hours of the incident. Later in the day the victim underwent an operation. The doctors have said that the victim would recover in a week's time, though they said it would take time to get her out of the mental shock.

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