If in Friday evening's rape case the Noida police goofed up by naming the victim in its press release, its failure to protect the witness and complainant in the infamous Garhi Chaukhandi gangrape case three years ago forced the complainant to move the Supreme Court to transfer the case.
The hearing of the case will now take place at Tees Hazari court in Delhi. Eleven youths had raped a 24-year-old (then) MBA student on January 5, 2009. She was returning from The Great India Place Mall in Noida with her friend.
The accused youths were returning home after a game of cricket. The victim's friend claimed the accused stopped their car by brandishing cricket bats. They got in and drove the car near Garhi Chaukhandi and took turns raping her, the complaint said.
The Gautam Budh Nagar district court, on the request of the victim's friend, has transferred the case to Delhi. He had moved the Supreme Court seeking transfer of the case alleging the accused and their families had been repeatedly issuing threats, telling him to withdraw the charges.
All the accused were arrested the next day. They were identified as Pushpendra Yadav, Shrikant Yadav, Sanjay Yadav, Sudhir Yadav, Gautam Yadav, Jagvir alias Little Yadav, Anil Yadav, Shashi Kant Yadav, Golu Jatav and Omkar Yadav. All were released on bail later.
On Wednesday, a 27-year-old woman alleged that three men abducted and raped her in their car near Sector 88, Noida. A mother of three, the woman was returning from work when she was abducted and raped. The police arrested three men.