Mob beats rape victim over compensation row

April 11th, 2008 - 8:42 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) A 35-year-old widow and rape victim was thrashed here by a group of men and women who accused her of demanding money to withdraw a charge of rape against a man jailed on her complaint. The incident took place in Mandawali area of east Delhi late Thursday when the woman, who had consumed alcohol, was returning to her rented house owned by the rape accused, Ram Kumar, the police said Friday.

Ram Kumar’s family members and friends reportedly accosted her and got into a heated argument with her. This soon led to the vicious assault by 15-20 people.

Calling her a “cheat” and “blackmailer”, the attackers repeatedly slapped her, showered blows on her and hit her with slippers. A police officer said that both men and women attacked the woman while she struggled to escape.

The assault ended when the police, alerted by witnesses, reached the scene. Ram Kumar’s wife was later arrested over the attack. A hunt was on for four men.

The rape victim readily admitted that she was high on liquor.

“I was drunk because I had been raped. I was in shock. But rather than understand the problem, Ram Kumar’s family badly beat me up. The police were also not cooperating initially,” she said.

According to her, the police filed a complaint against her attackers only after the intervention of the National Commission for Women (NCW).

“I want justice,” the woman said. “My husband also died a terrible death. I want my attackers to be arrested.”

The woman, who runs a placement agency for domestic maids, was admitted to a hospital.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (East Delhi) Ajay Chaudhry said the attack on the woman seemed pre-planned.

Police said Ram Kumar was arrested April 5 and sent to the Tihar jail, two days after he allegedly raped the widow. But the victim continued to stay in Ram Kumar’s house as a tenant.

Ram Kumar’s family alleged that the woman told him that she would withdraw the rape charge against him if he divorced his wife and married her or paid her Rs.200,000 and gifted her a house.

“Ram Kumar’s relatives are accusing her of blackmail,” an officer said.

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