Bhilai gangrape: ‘If I die, nobody will call me a prostitute anymore’

In her suicide note, the girl says her lawyer, Kalpana Deshmukh, told her there was little hope of her getting justice, and that she would be made to run around in court.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | Bhilai | Updated: February 4, 2016 2:37 am
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“If I die, nobody will call me a prostitute anymore.” In a suicide note speaking of loss of faith in the judicial process, the “rape victim” who killed herself in Bhilai on Thursday left behind this wish.

The 21-year-old was found hanging from a ceiling fan when police arrived to issue court summons for the next hearing on February 2. “Whenever I go to court on the date I am called, the judge is not present in court,” she wrote at another place.

The letter, in Hindi, was discovered by police inside a notebook, written by her after nearly a year of the case being tried in court.

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For six months, she had kept the alleged assault by a doctor and two police constables hidden from her family, worried about their “izzat (honour)”. Her father retired as the guard of an engineering college in Nagpur, and she was the fourth of seven children. The family lives in a two-room house.

She had gone to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital in Bhilai in June 2014 for some treatment on her face when she was “raped”, allegedly first by the doctor and then the two constables posted there.

“The doctor, Gautam Pandit, told her she had jaundice and kept her at the hospital for three days. He drugged her, and with constables Saurabh Bhakta and Chandra Prakash Pandey, raped her. Then for over six months, they threatened her, saying they had made a video, and even took money from her on two occasions,” says her brother.

In January 2015 she finally told her family, and the three were arrested within a day.

According to the brother, police were reluctant to file an FIR. “They hit her at the time saying she was lying, but eventually the three were arrested. Since then, both my sister and I would get threatening calls, asking us to compromise or withdraw the case. They even came to our house. Sometimes she even got calls from within the jail premises. There was constant harassment. After the matter came to light, people would call her names. It was just too much for her to handle,” he says.

The father claims prosecution lawyers threatened that they would drag her family’s name into the matter. “She never reported this because she told her lawyer everything. We fear her lawyer too did not want to fight for her, and instead told her to give up the case.”

In her suicide note, the girl says her lawyer, Kalpana Deshmukh, told her there was little hope of her getting justice, and that she would be made to run around in court. All of Thursday, Deshmukh remained unavailable, with her phone switched off.

In her suicide letter, the girl goes on to seek the forgiveness of her parents. “Please mummy, papa forgive me. Nor will I get justice anymore, nor will I be able to move forward in life.”

The father claims that while they had attended all the five hearings that been held so far, it was also shown in court records that they had missed them.

Still, the family never expected the girl to take this extreme step. “She was studying B.Sc, and just three days ago, told my mother she wanted to finish it, take a law degree and become a judge, because she didn’t want what was happening to her to occur to someone else,” says the brother.

Police have taken phones of both him and the victim to examine the charges of threats. “We will reach a conclusion in the matter. If any further complaint is received, action will be taken on that as well. Everyone that has been named will be questioned, including the lawyers,” Rajesh Agarwal, ASP, Bhilai, said.

Under attack from the Congress, Chief Minister Raman Singh told reporters on Friday that it was likely “something emotional was going on in the victim’s mind”. “All the accused have been arrested and the case is going on in court,” he said.

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    Aap
    Jan 31, 2016 at 3:31 am
    Really alarming. Loss of faith in justice will never help country to progress. It is high time that we understand this. Unfortunately yes somehow we all are responsible for loss of a life. As media is used to conduct trials without authority, this is the right time they continue until culprits are punished.
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      Son of
      Jan 31, 2016 at 5:56 am
      Fourth child among seven her parents had!! Really Indians breed faster than rats and then complain about not able to raise them properly. Why do you breed like pests!!
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        Ks
        Jan 31, 2016 at 9:08 pm
        Why is thus author using so many "quotation marks"? I don't "get it".
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          Logical Indian
          Jan 30, 2016 at 11:40 pm
          indeed a sad story that is a display of how insensitive our society has become to the plight of rape victimsstead of providing a speedy and effective justice ,she was made to do the rounds of courts.Needless to say besides an effective judiciary mechanism we need a change in social mindset.Sad to see how the country's moral values have degenerated to such an extent
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            Dodo
            Jan 31, 2016 at 9:14 am
            Must be rapist shangi (chaddi)
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              Amit
              Jan 31, 2016 at 8:06 am
              Over 10 years of Jungle-raaj in chattisgarh. every second day we hear of some brutal r@pe in the state.
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                lynne
                Feb 9, 2016 at 5:14 am
                The fact that they put quotes around raped, like they ume she's lying, is beyond deable. Times like this make me hate men so much.
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                  kumar
                  Jan 31, 2016 at 7:48 am
                  why amul baby and khuji will not come and protest , this case needs to be highlighted and justice must be given , media will not show live coverage nor the political parties give any priority - not a vote bank ! i wish the students take this issue to protest than the rohit case !
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                    dv1936
                    Jan 31, 2016 at 3:07 am
                    Will a day come in the hian India when the common man will have a court of appeal against injustice. What was wrong with the British raj if in Azad India the common man was to become a faceless desute.
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                      ah
                      Jan 31, 2016 at 5:08 am
                      real action in COMMENTS is in the other ARTICLE where Muslims are rapists ............... here only few BROTHERS of HINDU SISTER ............................... so is SAADHVI Prachi is coming here???? or she is just concerned about Muslims????? and love JIHAAD???
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                        Sumit
                        Jan 31, 2016 at 8:55 am
                        Om Shanti. JSG !!
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                          WhyIamthewayIam
                          Jan 31, 2016 at 6:54 am
                          I would rather take justice in my hand rather than suicide.
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                            indieboy
                            Jan 31, 2016 at 7:06 pm
                            or from Nitish who is the CM?
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                              kabita mishra
                              Jan 31, 2016 at 4:59 am
                              bas tard fu cking Indian Judges
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                                K M
                                Jan 31, 2016 at 7:23 am
                                It is fit case for intervention of highest court of the land. SC should not waste its time on such frivolous cases like whether or not to permit in Sabarimala temple
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                                  kamath Ramesh
                                  Feb 1, 2016 at 8:24 am
                                  It is an eye opening suicide note. Would the law hold judiciary guilty of pushing her to suicide. She has clearly stated that every time she goes to court judge would not be there. It shows the pathetic condition of our judiciary which do not want any monitoring on them and want the power of appointing to themselves. Least to be said on the doctor and policemen who raped her but courts are also part in denying the justice is unbelievable. I think she is not belong to dalit hence no political parties are much interested in her.
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                                    madan gupta
                                    Jan 31, 2016 at 12:50 am
                                    bhart ke judge दुनिया में सबसे बेईमान हैं. अभिनेता सलमान को फांसी देने की बजाये बर्री कर दिया. संजय को बार बार पैरोल मिलती थी. जिस जज को चाहो खरीद लो. जज को फांसी होनी चाहिए.
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                                      S Subramaniam
                                      Jan 30, 2016 at 11:36 pm
                                      Is simply arresting the culprits enough? When out Hon'ble Apex Court is taking suo moto action on so many issues why they are conously silent? I want all the guity including her lawer should be booked and severe punishment ordained.
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                                        Moushami Singh
                                        Feb 3, 2016 at 1:58 pm
                                        I feel that our judiciary system is nothing but a toy in the hands of a few powerful goons of democracy.How come their cases get heard immediately while the common man has to run from pillar to post for such serious matters.Shame on the judiciary they are all sold out.
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                                          Deepak
                                          Jan 31, 2016 at 5:58 am
                                          Well even after attending all the 5 hearings and still if their presence in court can be marked as absent by court staff, where is the possibility of justice. Her fears are justified and the bas#ard doctor and the two pim#p cops have been let go scot free. Is this the ache din that even low level rapists and criminals in government service are protected by the law? Is the courts paying any heed to this criminal acts committed by court staff in marking absent? When the HRD ministry can take undue interest in a University case, what is the union law ministry doing in this case - both on the rape and the court records being manited. Is ths the kind of governance that BJP is capable of ???
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                                            KRISHNA KUMAR
                                            Feb 4, 2016 at 10:56 am
                                            RAPING OF A WOMAN TODAY HAS BECOME A COMMON FACTOR IN INDIA. BUT THE UNFORTUNATE PROBLEM IS THAT HOW COME CASES ARE FILED AGAINST THE ACCUSED and HOW COME COURTS KEEP ON TAKING UP THEIR CASES. THE WORST PART OF THE CASE IS THAT IT KEEPS ON DRAGGING FOR 1,2 and 3 YEARS and ONE FATEFUL DAY THE CRIMINALS GET BAIL FOR LACK OF EVIDENCE and ARE LET OFF. IF A WOMAN IS RAPED and THE GUILTY CAUGHT, THE BEST WAY TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM WILL BE TO HANG THE PERSON OR STONE THE PERSON TO DEATH COME WHAT MAY. IN THE BHILAI GANGRAPE WHICH TOOK PLACE IN 2014, ALTHOUGH THE ARRESTS WERE MADE THE VICTIM HAS NOT GOT JUSTICE and SHE HAS COMMITTED SUICIDE and EVEN IF SHE GETS JUSTICE NOW IT IS TOO LATE. THE CASE IS STILL GOING ON and IT WILL GO ON. WHY ARE OUR STUPID COURTS FUNCTIONING LIKE THIS and THE WORST IS THE POLICE DEPT. THEY WILL GET STOOP TO SUCH A LOW LEVEL AS TO HUSH UP THE CASE. SHAME ON THE INDIAN DEMOCRACY. AND IT IS SHAMEFUL THAT WE ARE EXISTING IN SUCH A DEMOCRACY AS IN INDIA.
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