Daughter of rapist BJP leader took courage from Mumbai caseMarch 26th, 2009 - 6:31 pm ICT by IANS
Amritsar, March 26 (IANS) The college-going daughter of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader who has accused her father of raping her for the past eight years gathered the courage to approach the police after reading about a similar case in Mumbai last week.
Ashok Taneja, the general secretary of the Ajnala unit of the BJP, was arrested Wednesday night after his 20-year-old daughter complained he had sexually exploited her for the last eight years, said police officials in the border town, 30 km from here.
Rajwinder Singh, investigating officer of the case, told IANS: “We received a complaint from the victim yesterday (Wednesday). She mustered courage to tell her relatives about her sexual exploitation after seeing a similar case being reported from Mumbai a few days back. They helped her complain to the police.”
A cousin of the victim told IANS Thursday: “Taneja had threatened to kill her (victim) if she told anyone in the family or outside about his activities. She is still very disturbed and is afraid of speaking out in the open against her father.”
Meanwhile, Taneja was admitted in hospital Thursday after he complained of uneasiness and a heart problem.
The BJP is a partner in Punjab’s Akali Dal-led ruling alliance.
Senior Superintendent of Police (Rural) Gurmeet Chauhan told IANS: “We detained Taneja Wednesday night. He is some local leader of the BJP. A case of rape has been registered against the accused and police have started investigations.”
“Taneja was admitted in hospital as he complained of some heart problem. However, doctors say his condition is stable and he could be discharged any time,” said Chauhan.
Police said that they would investigate the matter to see if other family members, especially the girl’s mother, knew about the crime.
Last week, the Mumbai police arrested a 49-year-old businessman who allegedly raped his daughter for over nine years on the advice of a black magic practitioner to get “rich quickly”.