Jewar ‘gangrape’ case: Victims fed up with identification parades
The family said they are ridiculed in their neighbourhood as nobody has been caught yetnoida Updated: Jun 10, 2017 23:56 IST
The four women allegedly gang-raped in the Jewar robbery and murder case continue to be called to the police station to identify suspects, but not a single culprit has been caught so far. The victim families said the multiple identification parades and the delay are exposing them to ridicule in the neighbourhood.
On May 25, eight members of a family travelling to Bulandshahr from Greater Noida’s Jewar were waylaid by six people around 1.30am. The gang looted around Rs50,000 in cash and valuables and allegedly gang-raped four women in a field. They also shot dead a 38-year-old male relative who tried to save the women.
It has been 17 days since the incident took place off the Yamuna Expressway and more than 50 suspects have been detained for questioning. Subsequently, identification parades are held to ascertain if they are the ones involved in the alleged gang-rape.
“Whenever a suspect is nabbed, we are called to the police station to identify them. So far, we have not seen the culprits in any visit. I do not remember how many visits I have made,” said one of the men who was robbed in the incident.
He said it is all the more difficult for the women who have to step out of their home to identify the suspects. They have been talking of committing suicide and, every day, someone has to console them, the man said. He added that the police are not serious about investigations, which is why the case has not been solved till now.
“Whenever I walk down the street I am asked: Arey kya hua tumhare case ka, wo to thanda hi padh gaya (What happened to your case, it has been put on the back burner). When we return after visiting the police station, people ask if we identified anyone,” said the man.
In their neighbourhood, people also taunt them about making up the whole thing.
“Had the police been quick enough, no one would have dared to say anything to us. Earlier, when the initial medical findings were disclosed (which said that the women were not raped), we bore the brunt. If these delaying tactics continue, we will hang ourselves,” said the brother of the man who was shot dead.
On their part, police said that the identification parades are a necessary part of the investigation. Station house officer (SHO), Jewar police station, Rajpal Singh Tomar, said, “We nab suspects on the basis of leads and facts can be ascertained only with the identification.”
“The family members have not been called regularly,” he added.