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No arrest yet, Jewar ‘rape’ victims threaten to end life

There has been no development in the case even 40 days after the incident; Police are still awaiting medical reports to confirm that the victims were raped.

noida Updated: Jul 02, 2017 23:52 IST
Preety Acharya
Preety Acharya
Hindustan Times
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The eight members of a family were travelling in a car from Jewar to Bulandshahr on May 25, 2017. They were stopped by six armed men, who shot dead a male member and allegedly raped four women of the family.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

Victims of the Jewar gang-rape, murder and robbery threatened to end their lives if the police do not apprehend the culprits soon. They criticised the slow pace of investigation and demanded that those responsible face action immediately.

There has been no development in the case even 40 days after the incident. The police are also awaiting the medical reports of the victims to confirm rape.

One of the four victims said, “We will not give up. We will fight for our rights. The government and the police will have to arrest the accused, otherwise, we will end our lives.”

“It has been over 40 days but none of the culprits have been arrested. My life has become a living hell. I lost my husband and got raped but those responsible are still at large. I have three daughters and a son. The chief minister gave us Rs5 lakh but just the money is not enough to lead our lives,” said one of the women.

On May 25, around 1.30am, eight members of the family travelling in a car from Jewar to Bulandshahr were stopped on the Jewar-Bulandshahr Road by six men. The gang allegedly robbed the family of around Rs50,000, valuables and shot dead a man who tried to resist the robbery attempt. They also allegedly dragged the four women to a nearby field and gang-raped them.

Jewar MLA Dhirendra Singh said that the police investigation will lead to arrests soon.

“I met the victims near their house because they were stressed over the case investigation. I had also met the CM and senior police officers in Lucknow to discuss the case. An expert team of the Special Task Force is working on the case,” he said.

Gautam Budh Nagar police is going to write a letter to the Lucknow forensic lab for providing medical reports of the women as soon as possible. “We are investigating the case and the accused will soon be arrested. We have got a few leads and are working on them. We will also be sending a reminder to the forensic department for providing the medical reports of victims at the earliest,” said Suniti, superintendent of police (rural), Gautam Budh Nagar.

One of the robbed men said he has lost hope. “It has been weeks since my brother was shot dead and the women of my house were raped, but the police have not done anything. Similar incidents have taken place in the past but the police failed to arrest the culprits. Today, we are agitating against the slow action of the police and the government,” he said.

First Published: Jul 02, 2017 23:52 IST