Jharkhand Muslim BJP leader claims she was gang-raped
RANCHI: A Muslim
BJP leader in Ranchi on Tuesday claimed she was gang-raped because she was
working for the BJP and had opposed the wrongdoings of her political opponents
in Ranchi. She also claimed that she was offered to join the Congress and
Jharkhand Janadhikar Manch of Mandar MLA Bandhu Tirkey in Jharkhand.
The victim had
lodged an FIR with Chanho police station, 45km from here, on Monday and claimed
that seven robbers raped her and then robbed her of Rs 30,000 in cash and jewelleries.
All the accused in the case are Muslims.
“Five years ago,
I was offered by Congress former MP Rameshwar Oraon to join the party and
Mandar MLA Bandhu Tirkey also offered me to join. Because I did not join the
Congress or Tirkey’s party they are always against me. The two hold influence
in the area. But I continued to work for the BJP and oppose the wrongdoings of
local leaders. I have motivated a large number of Muslims in Chanho to vote for
the BJP and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. I think the incident
might be linked to it,” the victim claimed.
A BJP leader
said despite being a Muslim she has motivated a large number of Muslims in
Chanho to vote for the BJP and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
"The entire area has voted for BJP," said the women. The victim,
however, clarified that the incident occurred because of various past issues
(victim opposing the wrongdoings in the area) and not because a large number of
Muslims from Chanho voted for the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls.
spokesman Pradeep Sinha said the woman is a firebrand local leader. "She
has always worked to expose the wrongdoings of the local MLA and BJP's
political opponents. It will be clear only after investigation what the exact
motive behind the incident was," he added.
The woman had
claimed in FIR on Monday that over a dozen men knocked at her window at 1am and
threatened her to open the door. Some of them held her husband hostage and
others started misbehaving with us and ultimately seven of them took turns to
rape her. They even molested my daughter, she claimed.
The woman has
claimed that she was able to identify some of the dacoits and will easily
identify them in an identification parade. Former chief minister Arjun Munda
and other BJP leaders also visited the spot and blamed the government for the
incident. "The incident has occurred because of administrative
inefficiency. I demand the arrest of all those responsible for it within 48
hours," said Munda.
Prabhat Kumar said the police are investigating the case. "The medical
report has not come yet. It would be clear only after the forensic and medical
reports come," he added. Kumar, however, added that some contradictions
have been found during investigation. "But I would not conclude anything
unless the reports come," said Kumar.
Sinha said that the administration and police are supportive of the Congress
which is running the government in Jharkhand.
and Rameshwar Oroan, former Lohardagga MP, categorically denied offering the
woman to join Congress or Jharkhand Janadhikar Manch. Tirkey is currently with