19-year-old Dalit woman gang-raped and hanged in Gujarat village; protestors demand justice
Abducted on January 1, she was found dead on January 5. Relatives say that the police had refused to register an FIR when she went missing.
The nation witnessed another horrific incident of gang-rape and murder when the body of a 19-year-old Dalit woman was found hanging from a banyan tree in Saira village in Gujarat’s Modasa on January 5.
According to the claims of the victim’s family, the police authorities refused to register an FIR when the woman went missing on January 1.
Reportedly, the woman had gone to Modasa with her sister, where she was abducted by a man named Bimal Bharwad in his car. The sister’s claim was verified by the CCTV footage of a cooperative running mill.
The car seen in the footage was found to be registered in the name of Bimal’s father Bharat Bharwad. According to Bimal, his car was taken by three of his friends Darshan Bharwad, Satish Bharwad and Jigar.
N.K. Rabri, an inspector at the Modasa police station, informed the woman’s family that she had married a man from her community and would come back on January 3. However, the next day, he refused to comment on the matter and asked the family to approach the Sabalpur police station regarding the case.
The woman’s body was found hanging from a tree in the village on January 5.
On January 7, the woman’s grandfather registered an FIR against Bimal and his three friends accusing them of gang-rape and murder.
The body was sent to the Ahmedabad civil hospital on Tuesday. The victim’s family has refused to accept her body until the accused are arrested and inspector Rabari is suspended for neglecting his duty.
For the past few days, hundreds of community members have been protesting at the Ahmedabad civil hospital, demanding justice for the victim. “We have two demands. The perpetrators of this horrific crime should be arrested and the police inspector should be suspended for his actions. Only then will the family accept the body,” said Kirti Rathod, a Dalit activist.
The ADGP of the SC/ST Cell in Gujarat, KK Ojha, assured the protestors and said, “We have asked local police deputy superintendent to arrest the accused as soon as possible. Meanwhile, we have initiated a departmental inquiry to see if there was indeed negligence on part of the police in this matter.”