MP: BJP leader, aides booked for ‘raping’ Dalit woman over BPL card promise
A local BJP leader and two of his aides have been booked for allegedly gang raping a Dalit woman after promising her help in getting a BPL card in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena, a senior police official said on Tuesday.
The woman has alleged she was gang raped by Bhojpal Singh Jadon and two of his associates in Morena on Sunday night after the accused lured her to his house.
“A case of gang rape has been registered against three persons, including Bhojpal, but no arrests have been made,” Morena SP Vineet Khanna said.
Khanna said a police team visited the place where the woman was allegedly gang raped and has found an eyewitness who told the police that Jadon had taken the woman with him on Sunday night. The 35-year-old woman, a resident of Sumawali village in Morena , was trying to get a Below Poverty Line ration card so that she could buy items at a subsidised rate.
Jadon, who is also a chairperson of society that runs the ration shop in the village, asked the woman to come to Morena to register herself for the card. When she visited his office on Sunday, Jadon allegedly took her to a room where he raped her along with his two associates, the woman has alleged. Jadon also threatened her of dire consequences if she told anyone of the incident. The woman told her husband about the incident and they registered the case with local police station later.
The opposition also raised the issue in the state assembly on Tuesday. Leader of opposition Ajay Singh alleged that an influential local BJP leader was behind the rape, and said he could influence the witnesses.
Morena BJP general secretary Jaya Chaturvedi said she had no idea about the allegations and refused to comment. Morena BJP district president Anoop Singh disconnected the phone when asked to comment on the issue.