The AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Monday visited village Shahbazpur in Banda to meet rape victim Sheelu Nishad. Sheelu, 17, was gang raped by BSP MLA Purshotam Naresh Dewvidi and others in December last year.
During the one-hour meeting with the family members of the girl, the Congress leader listened to the whole episode and wanted to know the role of district civil and police administration in the matter.
Sheelu, who was kept at the residence of the MLA at Attrra in Banda district, was gang raped twice before she escaped from the house in Decebmer 2010. Later the MLA’s son Mayank lodged false FIR of theft against the girl and she was arrested. She was in jail for one month.
Later, the High Court taking cognizance of the issue ordered her release. The police registered an FIR against the MLA and three others only after directives from chief minister Mayawati. The MLA is now in jail.
Rahul Gandhi was scheduled to visit Kanpur to meet the girl whose hands had been chopped off during rape attempt in Bindki in Fatehpur but his plane could not land at Kanpur due to poor visibility.
While the NSG commandos surrounded the village and stopped entry of outsiders, Rahul had interaction with Sheelu and her father Acheylal Nishad. The girl quite apprehensive of her security wanted continuation of the police deployment in the village. Rahul Gandhi assured her that he would take up the matter with the state government.
Since Sheelu wants to have darshan of deity Kamtanath at Chitrakoot, 50 km from her village on February 12, she has approached the district administration for her movement along with security. Acheylal told HT over phone that Rahul had assured to make arrangement of her visit.
Sheelu told Rahul Gandhi that she had still been receiving threat from the criminals, therefore she should be provided fire arm licence for her security. Rahul Gandhi reportedly assured her about the licence. Since her hutment was in dilapidated condition, Sheelu also asked for a house in Banda. Sheelu wanted to cook food for Rahul but he told that he had already meal. later she offered a glass of milk to Rahul Gandhi who has given his phone numbers to the family to contact him in case of any problem.