Jodhpur High Court Sends Notice To Rajasthan Government Over Rapes


The Jodhpur High Court today issued a notice to the Rajasthan government on the recent incidents of rape in the state, including the April 26 gang-rape of a Dalit woman in Alwar district. According to a report by news agency ANI the court has asked the Congress government in the state for more information on the attacks.

In addition to the Alwar incident, another Dalit woman was allegedly raped on May 7 by two men at a hospital in Kathoomar. A third attack – on a five-year-old girl – was reported from Chittorgarh. A fourth rape case was registered from Bharatpur district on Wednesday against a man accused of raping a 16-year-old mentally challenged girl.

The state government had earlier been accused by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BSP chief Mayawati of suppressing news of the Alwar gang-rape in light of May 6 polling in the state. A first information report (FIR) had been filed by the survivor on May 2 but her husband has claimed police delayed acting on the complaint till after Lok Sabha elections were over.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi met the Alwar survivor on Thursday said justice would be done and that both her family and she would receive “nyay”.

Mr Gandhi, while refusing to respond to PM Modi’s criticism, said, “The only thing I would say is this girl, this family, will get justice. I have not come here to do politics. It’s an emotional thing for me. I have come here to meet the survivor”.

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