A majority of people in Noida’s Garhi Chawkhandi village believe their children are ‘not at fault’ in the alleged gang-rape of an MBA student.
Ten men were arrested in a police raid on Tuesday.
Some villagers even say the men are being framed.
The 10 accused allegedly followed the victim and her friend, stopped their car, overpowered them and drove them to Sector-71, right outside their village.
Here the accused raped the victim and beat her classmate up.
But for many inhabitants of Garhi Chawkhandi, one of the biggest villages in Noida district, rape is no big deal.
“I believe the man with her was raping her and our kids, who were just passing by, were targeted to shield the real accused. They are blowing things out of proportion. She was just raped, it is not that big a deal,” said Raghuvar Yadav, former sarpanch of the village.
The alleged rapists belong to well-to-do farmer families and have sprawling houses.
They all went to a local school and were part of a cricket team.
Gyan Chand Yadav, father of Sanjay, one of the alleged rapists, maintains his son is innocent. “They just saw the man and woman doing something wrong and stopped them from doing it. That is their fault. But the police is charging them for rape, which is completely false.”
Some of the villagers who do admit that the accused allegedly raped the MBA student shockingly blame the victim. “She must have done something to anger them. Agreed the boys made a mistake but it is not that big a crime. The girl is at fault here. These big city types come here and corrupt our village,” said village resident Dhanpal Yadav.