An 18-year-old rape survivor has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in her blood seeking security for her family and action against the accused, who have allegedly been putting pressure on her to withdraw the case. According to the police complaint filed by her father, she was raped in February last year.
In her letter dated January 20, the survivor, who had dropped out from an engineering college, wrote: “Kindly save me and my family…police are taking no action and accused is troubling us in various ways to withdraw FIR. Please take strict action before I take my life.” In her letter, she also alleged that her attacker’s father was employed in a government office.
The rape case was lodged against Divya Pandey and Ankit Verma in March 2017. A chargesheet had been filed against both, but no arrests were made as the accused obtained a stay against arrest from the Allahabad High Court, said police.
The survivor, who is from Rae Bareli district, was a first year student in a private engineering college in Barabanki district before dropping out around three months ago. Her younger sister, a Class XI student in Rae Bareli, also stopped going to school around the same time after a fake Facebook profile was allegedly created in her name and her morphed obscene pictures were uploaded on it last October. A case was lodged in this regard in Rae Bareli the same month, said police.
The girl’s father, who works as a clerk in a government department, alleged that Divya Pandey used to harass his elder daughter when she stayed in her college hostel. “Pandey used to force my daughter to go out with him and had assaulted her publicly on campus when she resisted his advances,” he added.
“On February 27 last year, Pandey and his friend Ankit dragged my daughter inside a car outside campus and took her to Ankit’s flat in Lucknow where she was thrashed and raped by Pandey. They snatched her phone too,” he further claimed.
He also said he suspect that the accused was behind his younger daughter’s fake profile as his elder daughter’s mobile phone was in their possession and they would have obtained the pictures from it.
The girl’s father said that his daughter had complained to college authorities, but no action was taken. After his younger daughter’s photos were uploaded, he filed a police complaint, on the basis of which a case was lodged on March 24 at Barabanki’s City Kotwali police station on charges of rape and under the Information Technology Act against Divya Pandey and Ankit Verma.
Station House Officer, City Kotwali (Barabanki) Raj Kumar said, “Chargesheet against both accused has been filed in court. They were not arrested as both have procured arrest stay from Allahabad High Court.”
“The Facebook account on which objectionable photographs were uploaded is not active anymore. A letter has been sent by Rae Bareli’s superintendent of police to the Facebook headquarters in California seeking details of the account. We are yet to receive their response,” said Additional Superintendent of Police (City), Rae Bareli, Shashi Shekhar Singh. “Four policemen have been deployed for security at her house,” he added.