2013 Muzzafarnagar riots: 4 acquitted in gangrape case after victim, family turn hostile, husband says ‘we were threatened’

The victim and her family, including four children, now live in Shamli district.

Written by Manish Sahu | Lucknow | Updated: February 12, 2016 12:43 pm
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Another case related to the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots has ended in acquittal.

Four men, accused of gangraping a woman during the riots in the Fugana police station area, were acquitted on January 21 by a Muzaffarnagar fast track court after the victim and key witnesses, including her husband, mother-in-law and a neighbour, were declared hostile and did not support the prosecution during the trial.

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Asked why he turned hostile, the victim’s husband told The Indian Express that seven months after they had lodged an FIR, “people on behalf of the accused would approach us, even threaten us with dire consequences”. He said they were told to retract the gangrape charge.

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He said he and the neighbour, also a witness in the case, met the then in-charge of Fugana and Burhana police stations to seek protection and action. But the police never took the complaint seriously, he claimed.

“Despite lodging complaints several times at Fugana and Burhana police stations, no one came forward to help us. People on behalf of the accused would approach us, even threaten us with dire consequences. We are a poor family. There is no one to take care of my family if anything happens to me… We did what we thought was correct,” the husband said.

“With the monetary help provided by the state government, I built a house in Shamli. There is no plan to return to Fugana. I will also not file any appeal against the judgment,” he said.

Read | Muzaffarnagar case: Families of boy, woman killed in 2013 riots turn hostile

When The Indian Express sought his comments on the allegations of the victim’s husband, K B Singh, Muzaffarnagar Senior Superintendent of Police, said, “I am not even aware that any such judgment has been pronounced in any gangrape case. I will check the allegations levelled by the victim’s husband.”

Additional district government counsel Sajid Rana who appeared in the case — he was removed by the Uttar Pradesh government Tuesday following an uproar over acquittals in a 2013 riots case in which a child and woman were killed — said, “The accused were acquitted because four prime witnesses including the victim and her family members turned hostile and did not support the prosecution
theory. There were a total of 13 witnesses in the case.”

The victim and her family, including four children, now live in Shamli district.

“My wife and I were in our house when the riots broke out on September 8, 2013. I heard a commotion and stepped out, telling my wife to lock the door from inside. A mob spotted and chased me. I ran to the terrace of my neighbour’s house. The mob broke open the door of my house and raped my wife,” the victim’s husband said.

“I returned home when the rioters left the village and looked for my wife. But she could not be traced. Three days later, I found my wife in another village. We took shelter there at the house of an acquaintance for almost a year before we moved to Shamli. My wife told me about how she was assaulted. We could lodge the FIR only after a few weeks when other rape victims met us and all decided to lodge complaints,” he said.

According to police records, the victim, in her FIR on October 1, 2013, alleged gangrape by 16 persons, all residents of Fugana village. The police had her statement recorded before a magistrate. During the probe, the Special Investigation Team concluded that 12 persons named in the FIR were not involved in the crime.

The SIT arrested and chargesheeted four accused — Ramveer, Sanjeev, Rupesh and Pushpendra — under different charges including rape, house trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint. On the court’s order, police also attached properties of the accused while they were on the run.

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First Published on: February 11, 2016 4:57 am
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    Praful Vora
    Feb 11, 2016 at 3:36 am
    It's sham police force and victims suffered and perpetrators threatened victims after suffering violence
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      Abdul Sultan
      Feb 11, 2016 at 4:52 am
      May be these accused are voter of Mulayama
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        Randhir
        Feb 11, 2016 at 9:01 am
        Names of the four chargesheeted and accused of Gang Rape—gt; Ramveer, Sanjeev, Rupesh and Pushpendra . These r@pists and murderers of UP have the same protectors as the Babu Bajrangis of Gujarat.
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          Dr.Karpakal Prasad
          Feb 11, 2016 at 8:46 am
          Ladke (boys) ladke hote hai, Bade hokar politicians banthe hai. Jai hind.
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            madan gupta
            Feb 11, 2016 at 12:26 am
            यह मुलायम का गुंडा राज है. यहाँ हर किसी की जान को खतरा है.
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              Meenal Mamdani
              Feb 11, 2016 at 1:38 am
              This is disgraceful. A SP claims that he does not know that a crime in his jurisdiction has resulted in acquittal of the accused, mainly because the local police could not provide protection to the witnesses. What more evidence does one need that law and order situation is dismal in UP. Top police are apathetic at best , more likely conniving to get the accused off. Shame on Samajwadi party. Hope they are taught a lesson in the coming elections.
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                Moaz Hassan
                Feb 11, 2016 at 3:03 pm
                good luck !i am waiting
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                  Moaz Hassan
                  Feb 11, 2016 at 3:46 am
                  We will avenge all these barbarity of rape.yes i am a terrorist in making
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                    Observer
                    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:00 am
                    What about the ring leaders political patrons of the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots? Some of them are now MLAs, MPs and Ministers. Are they ever going to be held accountable? Or we will all be satisfied with half hearted prosecution of a few low level criminals? Going by our history with Delhi 1984, Babri 1992/93 and Gujarat 2002, even the Muzaffarnagar riot organizers will be rewarded with promotion to higher office!
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                      R. Singh
                      Feb 11, 2016 at 2:31 am
                      Vote for Yadav- Muslim League- Nehru hi Congress Get more of the same
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                        anon
                        Feb 11, 2016 at 6:20 am
                        BJP is headed by a r.ap.ist and murderer Modi..so what else can we expect from them
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                          CBI
                          Feb 11, 2016 at 7:41 am
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                            SP
                            Feb 11, 2016 at 9:46 am
                            UP Government is biased.
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