The state women’s commission (SWC) on Wednesday directed the Etah superintendent of police to probe a 21-year-old woman’s allegation that former minister Awadhpal Singh Yadav and his son Ranjit Singh had raped her. The SP has been directed to submit his report on October 3. In a petition submitted with the state women’s commission, the woman alleged that in 2011 Awadhpal stopped her father Rachpal Dhobi from constructing a shop near Jaithera town and threatened her family with dire consequences. Later, one Saroj Devi took them to Tapuwa, the native village of Awadhpal, for reconciliation.
The woman said, “Awadhpal offered me the job of a domestic help in his house. My father agreed as the former minister said I would be paid R2,000 per month. My father left for Kasulaiya (her native village). Finding me alone in the house, Awadhpal raped me. Later, his son too raped me. On the night of September 20, Chandra Pratap Singh, the brother of Awadhpal, beat me up and threw me out of the house. They threatened me with dire consequences if I registered a complaint with the police.”
When asked, inspector general of police (law and order) BP Singh said, “I am unaware of the direction issued by the state women commission to the Etah SP”. HT tried to contact Awadhpal for his comment, but there was no reply even after several calls.