Murthal mystery: Sonepat village unites against ‘habitual complainant’
Claiming that she is a “habitual complainant”, the villagers of Jatheri have united against the woman who now has accused seven of them, including her brother-in-law, of raping her on the GT Road in Sonepat district during the Jat agitation on February 23.
At a meeting on Monday morning, the villagers decided to go to the chief minister with request for a fair investigation, claiming that since 1999, the woman has filed several fake complaints of rape and kidnapping against several people, including her brother, brothers-in-law, and father-in-law, but failed to prove the allegations every time in court, turning hostile witness in most instances. Jatheri’s woman sarpanch Sunita Devi has demanded a high-level investigation into her charges.
Besides the complainant’s in-laws, her mother and sister have also accused her of trying to blackmail members of the family in the past. “I severed ties with my daughter and son-in-law when they accused my son of kidnapping their daughter. However, we remain on good terms with her in-laws,” said complainant’s mother, Samundri Devi. The complainant’s younger sister, Seema, said: “She is known to be a blackmailer, who didn’t spare even her brothers.” Villagers said that on December 28, 2012, complainant’s father-in law, Shiv Narain, had disowned his son, Satpal, and lodged a complaint against him with the station house officer (SHO) of Rai.
Sonepat superintendent of police Abhishek Garg confirmed that forensic experts had visited the scene of crime with the complainant, and police were also studying her previous complaints. “She has now changed her statement to claim she was gangraped near Bighan Chowk, about 2km towards Panipat from Sukhdev Dhaba on the GT Road,” he said.
April 26, 1999, against Satbeer Singh: Accuses him of raping her when she was alone at home; first-information report registered at Rai village under Sections 376 (punishment for rape), 452 (house trespass after preparation for assault or wrongful restraint) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC); but in the court, later, she turns a hostile witness and on November 17, 1999, the Sonepat additional sessions judge acquits Satbeer
June 4, 2001: Accuses Naresh Tyagi of Holamabi Kalan, Delhi, of raping her at his Ankur Vihar office in Delhi; FIR registered in Delhi under Sections 376, 506, and 34 (common intent in crime) of the IPC but lack of evidence forces the Tees Hazari court to acquit Tyagi on December 2, 2015
2013: Files a rape complaint in Delhi, but the Shahbad Dairy police do not register the FIR for want of evidence
November 26, 2013: She accuses six people of kidnapping her husband, Satpal. Accused Sadhu Ram (her brother-in-law), Shiv Kumar, Balwan, Pardeep, and Raj Singh are booked under Sections 323 (punishment for causing hurt voluntarily), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 354 (attempt to outrage woman’s modesty) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) at Shahabad Dairy police station in Delhi; later, police find nothing incriminating in investigation and the call details of Satpal reveal that he was on mobile-phone with his brother-in-law, Kallu, during the alleged kidnapping.
September 2001: Complainant and her husband sell their 9-bigha land at Jatheri village and move into Delhi with two daughters, still filing complaints against family to seek more share in the property.