Dalit Minor Girl Gangraped in Jodhpur: All Four Accused Arrested, Boyfriend Attacked
In a shocking incident that has sent shockwaves throughout Rajasthan, a minor Dalit girl was brutally gang-raped in front of her boyfriend by three college students in Jodhpur.
The incident occurred on Sunday, and the police acted swiftly, apprehending the culprits within hours. The horrifying attack has triggered widespread outrage, leading to political fallout and calls for justice.
Details of the Incident
According to reports, the victim, a teenage girl, and her boyfriend had eloped from Ajmer and arrived in Jodhpur seeking accommodation. They approached a guest house where they faced harassment from the caretaker.
During this distressing situation, the accused, identified as Samandar Singh, Dharampal Singh, and Bhatam Singh, approached the couple, offering food and assistance in finding a place to stay.
In the early hours of Sunday, the accused lured the couple to the hockey ground at the old campus of Jai Narayan Vyas University (JNVU), under the pretense of taking them to the railway station. However, the trio had malicious intentions. They attacked the girl’s boyfriend and then took turns brutally sexually assaulting the minor girl in a horrifying gang rape.
At Jai Narayan Vyas University in Jodhpur, a 17-year-old Dalit girl has been gangraped allegedly by three ABVP activists. pic.twitter.com/kqMGey94fZ
— Waquar Hasan (@WaqarHasan1231) July 16, 2023
Police Swift Action and Arrests
The girl’s boyfriend sought help from morning walkers on campus, who immediately alerted the police. The authorities responded promptly, launching a search operation using CCTV footage, a dog squad, and a Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) team.
Within three hours, the police successfully tracked the accused to a house in Ganeshpura, Jodhpur. To evade arrest, the attackers tried to flee but sustained injuries. The guest house caretaker, who had allegedly harassed the girl, was also arrested for his involvement in the tragic events.
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Three arrested for allegedly raping a minor girl in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur
Last night a boy and girl came from Ajmer to Jodhpur. They were planning to move to Ahmedabad after their parents did not approve of their relationship. They went to take a room in a guest house but they did… pic.twitter.com/6M6wsyXTtE
— ANI MP/CG/Rajasthan (@ANI_MP_CG_RJ) July 16, 2023
Outrage and Political Fallout
The shocking incident has sparked outrage across the state, with opposition parties targeting Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and demanding strict action against the culprits.
Reports suggest that the accused were associated with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a student organization affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). However, the ABVP has vehemently denied any connection to the perpetrators.
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Chief Minister Gehlot has responded to the political accusations by assuring the public that the government will ensure the harshest punishment for the guilty, emphasizing the commitment to deliver justice for the victim.
हमारी बेटियां सुरक्षा व सम्मान की हकदार हैं। बलात्कार की घटनाएं सभ्य समाज के लिए कलंक हैं। ऐसे जघन्य कृत्य की जितनी निंदा की जाए कम है परन्तु भाजपा नेता हमेशा ऐसी घटनाओं की निंदा करने की बजाय राजनीतिक स्वार्थपूर्ति हेतु सरकार पर झूठे आरोप लगाने लग जाते हैं। जोधपुर और मध्य प्रदेश…
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) July 16, 2023
Protests Planned by NSUI Against ABVP
As the incident gained political attention, the Congress-affiliated National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) announced plans to submit a petition to the governor, protesting against the ABVP.
जोधपुर में नाबालिग छात्रा के साथ हुई घटना में कोई भी हमारा कार्यकर्ता शामिल नहीं है संगठन की छवि को धूमिल करने के लिए इस तरह की की चीजें की गई है और बिना तथ्यों के गलत जानकारी दी गई है @ABVPRaj बहन को न्याय दिलाने के लिए #जोधपुर में आंदोलन कर रही है दरिंदों को फांसी होनी चाहिए pic.twitter.com/wp7CypejE4
— HUSHYAR SINGH MEENA RU (@HushyarMeenaIN) July 16, 2023
The brutal gang rape of a minor Dalit girl in Rajasthan has sparked outrage and calls for justice. The swift action taken by the police in apprehending the culprits is commendable. Still, it highlights the urgent need to address issues of sexual violence and ensure the safety of vulnerable communities.
The incident has further intensified political tensions, with demands for stringent action and protests planned against the ABVP. It remains to be seen how the authorities and society respond to this horrifying crime and work towards preventing such heinous acts in the future.
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