Garhi Chowkhandi is a village in a huddle these days. Not only the families of the 11 men accused of rape but also their neighbours are busy devising a strategy to have their ‘boys’ freed.
Besides consulting advocates about getting the 11 men bailed out, the villagers are reportedly trying to contact the victim, to plead her for withdrawing the case. Sources say they are willing to ‘pay’ her Rs 15 to 20 lakh ‘per accused’ if she withdraws the case. The only hitch — a suitable go-between has not been found.
They are also reportedly planning to exert pressure on the complainant, Amit, by accusing him of committing an obscene act or rape.
Unconfirmed reports say the victim’s family fear the accused have the capacity to harm or even kill them, so they are willing to close the case. They have so far avoided bringing the victim to National Commission for Women.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Naveen Arora, however, told Hindustan Times, “The victim is cooperating with police and wants to see the accused punished by court of law.”
As for attempts to close the case, former President of Gautam Buddha Nagar Bar Association, Rajinder Nagar, told Hindustan Times, “Even if a gang rape victim wants to withdraw the case, the police have to do their investigation. A withdrawal application will put the victim in a spot, as the accused would file a defamation case.”