Sunday, March 10, 2013

Yeola rape victim continues to protest

Santosh Sonawane, TNN Mar 10, 2013, 05.15AM IST

NASHIK: The 21-year-old rape victim of Nagarsul village in Yeola tehsil, Nashik district, continued her agitation for the second day on Saturday to demand the arrest of the sarpanch who had allegedly raped her.
The victim who is agitating, is accompanied by her husband, who, according to sources, said that the arrest of the sarpanch was necessary as there was a constant threat to their life from him.
Officials from the Yeala city police said that after the woman took up the agitation, the police inspectors of the city and taluka police had visited her to convince that they were taking all the necessary steps to arrest sarpanch Pramod Patil at the earliest.
The police said that the sarpanch had applied for anticipatory bail at the sessions court which was rejected. However, he continues to elude the police and has approached the high court for his anticipatory bail.
Meanwhile, the victim's sister-in-law lodged a complaint with the Yeola taluka police station on Friday alleging that her husband was kidnapped by the goons of the sarpanch, for supporting the rape victim in lodging a complaint against the sarpanch.
The complainant said that her husband was kidnapped sometime between 7 pm and 9pm on Thursday. The police said the kidnapped person produced himself before the Chalisgaon police station in Jalgaon district on Friday morning, though he contended that he was not aware about who had kidnapped him.
On January 30, the victim had lodged a complaint at the Yeola taluka police station alleging that the sarpanch and his accomplice Santosh Gandale had raped her at a hotel in Yeola teshil about three months ago.
She kept mum for three months as the accused had threatened to kill her son and husband if she spoke about the incident to anyone. However, as their harassment continued and her husband got suspicious about it, the victim confided in him about the incident, after which a complaint was lodged with the police. Although the sarpanch's two accomplices in the crime have been arrested, the main accused is still at large.
Police inspector Surendra Shirsath informed that the search was on to trace the accused.

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