The case involving the gang-rape of a Noida woman and her teenage daughter near Bulandshahr took another turn on Saturday when the minor girl moved the Supreme Court (SC) to get an FIR registered against senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan for his comments on the shocking incident, which took place on July 29.
In her plea to the SC, the teenage girl has also sought action against ‘erring officers’ and that the further investigations in the case be monitored from New Delhi. The 35 year-old woman and her 14 year-old daughter, who were travelling with four other family members in a car at the time of incident last month, were kidnapped and raped by a gang of dacoits in a field close to a highway in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandhshahr district.
Khan, who is the urban development and parliamentary affairs minister in Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav-led government in UP, had alleged that a ‘political conspiracy’ might be involved in Bulandshahr gangrape. In his comments on August 2, the senior SP leader had also said that the agencies probing the gangrape should ‘explore the possibility of involvement of some opposition party’.
Khan had said: “To get power, politicians can get down to any level. They can murder people, trigger riots, kill innocent people, so the truth has to be found out.” The UP minister’s comments on the gang rape were deplored and termed as ‘insensitive and bizarre’, media reports said.
According to a report on the Times of India website, the girl’s father has filed the petition in the apex court on his daughter’s behalf and has said: “Azam Khan had called a press conference and publicly insulted the petitioner by terming the entire incident as a political conspiracy only and nothing else and thereby caused various acts and deeds being substantially outrageous to her modesty.”
Reportedly, the family members of the rape survivors, who were held at gunpoint by the members of the accused gang while carrying out the heinous crime, had threatened to commit suicide if the culprits were not punished within the next three months.