Tribal woman shot dead for refusing to withdraw daughter's rape case; senior cop suspended

Betul, Madhya Pradesh:  Madhya Pradesh Women's Commission has blamed the district and police administration for the incident of a woman allegedly being shot dead for filing an FIR in connection with the rape of her daughter.

A two-member team of the Commission led by Chairperson Upma Rai and member Jyoti Yevtikar blamed the police and district administration for failing to protect the woman, Imarti Bai, despite being aware about the threats she was getting from the alleged rapists.

"Had the police or the administration acted on the complaint of the woman that she was being threatened by those involved in the rape incident, she could have been saved from them," Rai told reporters after holding a closed-door meeting with the Collector Chandrashekhar Borkar and SP, Bhagwant Singh Chouhan.

Ms Rai said that the victim had also approached SC/ST Police Station and the SP, but they did not bother to act on her complaint.

The Commission submitted its report to the state government with a recommendation to take strong action against those responsible for the incident.

Meanwhile, police have arrested the woman identified as Rani Yadav allegedly involved in the crime and sent her to jail while the main accused Rajesh Kirar and three others are absconding.

Imarti Bai, a tribal woman, who had accused five persons of raping her daughter, was allegedly murdered by the latter after she refused to withdraw the complaint against them, according to police.

The incident occurred in Hamlapur area here on March 23 when the accused barged into the residence of the woman and shot her dead, they said.

Two weeks ago, Imarti Bai had lodged a police complaint alleging that the youths had raped her daughter, who was studying in Class VII.
Story First Published: March 26, 2012 12:32 IST

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