Four women ‘raped’, man killed on Jewar-Bulandshahr highway: ‘We will immolate ourselves if allegations are proved false’

On Saturday, the women went to Noida to record their statements before the magistrate and the women’s commission.

Written by Shradha Chettri | New Delhi | Published:May 28, 2017 1:44 am
One person was killed in the incident. Abhinav Saha

Four women who were allegedly gangraped on the Jewar-Bulandshahr highway expressed anger at the police for “ruling out rape” based on a preliminary medical examination conducted by the district administration. “Apni izzat khud kaun uchalega? (Why would we want to shame ourselves?)” the women told The Sunday Express. “Agar jo humne report mein kaha hai woh galat nikla, toh hum char apne bachon ko lekar mitti ka tel daal kar jal jayenge (If our allegations are proved false, we will gather our children and immolate ourselves),” said one of the women, whose brother was killed in the incident.

She claimed she had told police the same thing on Friday, when they had gone to court to record their statements. On Saturday, the women went to Noida to record their statements before the magistrate and the women’s commission. Police said a forensic team had visited the crime scene to look for evidence . “We are not doubting the charges,” Love Kumar, SSP, Gautam Buddha Nagar, had said on Friday.

The alleged incident took place late Wednesday night, when eight members of a family left their Jewar residence to visit a pregnant relative at a hospital in Bulandshahr. Around 1.40 am, their vehicle broke down near Sabota village after something hit its wheels. That’s when five-six men allegedly attacked them with weapons.

The victims were taken into nearby fields, police said. The women told police that the men were tied up and made to lie on the ground, while they were allegedly gangraped by the accused. On Friday, officials had said that preliminary medical examination conducted by the district administration had not found any signs of sexual assault on the women’s bodies or clothes. However, he added that vaginal swabs had been sent for forensic examination to a Lucknow lab.

Sitting on a charpoy on their terrace, the women said the relative accompanying them was killed because he tried to fend off the attackers. “They beat up the men and then came to us. They robbed us and snatched our dupattas. They tried to rip our clothes off. When we resisted, they beat us up,” alleged one woman, lifting the sleeve of her kurta to show blue marks on her arms.

Another alleged, “I told them, if you want money, come and take it from our home but don’t rape us. They did not listen, and groped and raped me. My brother-in-law shouted at them and they shot him.”

Some in the family alleged attempts were being made to discredit the women as no headway had been made in tracking down the accused.

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    Vnk
    May 28, 2017 at 4:23 pm
    Doubts on crime r created by the victim family when hey give three differet versions of the event. Forensic evidence may prove conclusive in such cases.
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      Abdul
      May 28, 2017 at 2:15 pm
      Our cops are always sold to money and when it is in U.P. they serve first the upper caste Hindutuva wadi. The honerable courts have left any justice in them, then order for the statement should be taken in the presence of a magistrate and audio& video clip should be kept with court, police and victim(s). The entire system is safronised in India. Recent judgements even doubt the role of judges in the hate crimes.
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        Tushar
        May 28, 2017 at 1:55 pm
        Modi wants terrorism.to increase so that he can blame a community on that name.and kill all of them ... But he fool around s not realising ..eliminating 300 million is not easy ..he is provoking youth to join terrorism through these kinda injustice . he will face the consequences
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          inc in
          May 28, 2017 at 1:33 pm
          Would the government reacted in the same way if the victim where Hindu/Brahmins and perpetrator as Muslimns/Dalits? Where are the bhakts, RSS, Modi, Yogi, BJP? Have they vanished from Social media? or they restrict themselves to Zee? Where its all Modi Modi Modi!
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            Birendra
            May 28, 2017 at 1:16 pm
            is ki Maa ka modi
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              Kulmohan Singh
              May 28, 2017 at 1:12 pm
              Truth rarely comes out in investigations in preset times
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                Sampat
                May 28, 2017 at 1:09 pm
                Look at the sophistication of how BJP manages controversies. During the previous gangrape case in Bulandshahar, the SP Government did not deny that such an incident had happened but tried to brazen it out, with id1ots like Azam Khan making objectionable comments. In this particular incident, the Government is completely quiet while the Police and Forensics are managing it in a way that is giving the impression that the victims are lying and it helps that the victims are Muslims. The State deflects the allegations of Law and Order failure while the police are under no pressure to solve the case and bring the offenders to book. But, the Justice system suffers while it reinforces the alienation of Muslims that they will always be denied justice. The new found Euphoria of the right wing Hindu will recede with time but these scars on the Muslim psyche may not heal at all, even over time. It is important to note that the History of a country does not end in one year or even ten years.
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                  baburao
                  May 28, 2017 at 1:05 pm
                  ..preliminary medical examinations conducted by the district administration had not found any evidence of ual ault on the womens bodies or clothes....! Incredible. Corruption continues to be the main factor against wholistic progress in Bharat. It is ingrained and endemic... Modi or no Modi.
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