Video shows Maharashtra BJP leader forcibly kissing woman on bus, charged with rape, outraging modesty

They were travelling from Nagpur to Gadchiroli when the incident happened and it was recorded on the CCTV camera. The woman also alleged in her complaint that Bawanthade had promised to get married to her and to help her find a job.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:July 5, 2017 11:17 am
BJP, maharashtra, rape The BJP leader allegedly lured the woman by offer of marriage and finding a job. Representational image

A BJP leader in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli was booked and arrested over charges of rape and outraging modesty of a woman after a video of him forcibly trying to kiss a woman in a bus went viral across the state. The woman in question filed a complaint against Ravindra Bawanthade after the video went viral. According to the Hindustan Times,  Bawanthade was Armori Assembly constituency ‘s party in-charge during the 2014 state elections.

They was travelling from Nagpur to Gadchiroli when the incident happened and it was recorded on the CCTV camera. The woman also alleged in her complaint that Bawanthade had promised to get married to her and to help her find a job.

As per a report in TOI, 48-year-old Banthwade works as a supervisor at a school in Chandrapur district and the woman who registered complaint against him is a former student of the school. The FIR states that he had forced himself upon the woman earlier in his car near Navarkhed.

Gadchiroli Lok Sabha member and senior BJP leader Ashok Nete, however, claimed that Bawanthade was not a member of the party anymore. Nete said, “he was a party office-bearer in the past. As he failed to attend party meetings repeatedly, he was removed from the post of party general secretary,” as quoted by HT.

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    Sanjeev
    Jul 7, 2017 at 4:49 am
    BJP is full of murderers, criminals and rapists. No civilized person will ever think of joining BJP the most murderous and communal political party in the country whose real face being exposed through Mob Lynchings of innocents in almost every BJP ruled State.
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      Prabhu
      Jul 6, 2017 at 12:45 pm
      Indian express...what kind of reporting and journalism is this where you are mentioning him bjp leader In headline in spite of knowing that he was only a karyakarta during 2014 elections....it sounds clueless from your side...a lot good and responsible reporting is expected from your side.
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        sanjay joshi
        Jul 5, 2017 at 7:18 pm
        they should have written Former BJP leader ,but it will not make this news big news
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          Sankaran Krishnan
          Jul 5, 2017 at 4:02 pm
          After an thorough verification and found it is true first let the Police arrest him and hope the BJP will remove him from the Primary membership of the party for his life time which he deserves and let the court decides the amount of punishment and fine for his heinous act and that too at the moving Bus !!!
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            jackal
            Jul 5, 2017 at 4:43 pm
            Anti Romeo squad should have lynched him as is the norm.
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            Roman
            Jul 5, 2017 at 3:35 pm
            I am not liking this thread here. We should somehow introduce pakistan, terrorism, Kashmir on this thread in order to save the dignity of our pious RSS and BJP.
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              singh
              Jul 5, 2017 at 2:34 pm
              Romeo Squad of Great Maharashtra on progress , jai mratha ,
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                r
                Jul 5, 2017 at 1:53 pm
                Why to waste time and money by arresting such people . Punishment should be such that other person should think 100 times to do same . Punishment to such people is hang in public or not to write in media we Indians want some news and want to keep in media
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                  Chand
                  Jul 5, 2017 at 12:36 pm
                  This guy must be prosecuted to the fullest. It does not matter which party he may belong to. Put him in jail without bail till the inquiry is complete.
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