Heinous crimes such as rapes or molestations often get politicised, in turn hiding the actual facts. The latest case in point is a molestation case of a minor girl in the Rajahmahendravam town in Andhra Pradesh on July 26, 2020. Following this, on October 1, the victim’s father consumed poison in front of the police station stating he was “being pressured to withdraw the case.”
Now the entire issue took a political turn when main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and its chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu, three time former chief minister, wrote a letter to Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police Gautam Sawang stating the accused in both the cases allegedly belong to the ruling YSRCP party and the local police were trying to hush up both the cases.
“Unfortunately, the police, who are supposed to uphold the rule of law are either conniving with the ruling party or turning blind eye to injustices occurring across Andhra Pradesh. A minor girl was allegedly molested by someone who apparently belongs to the ruling YSRCP. However, the police allegedly pressured the victim’s father to withdraw the case and unable to bear it he tried to take his own life and currently battling for life in Government General Hospital, Kakinada,” Chandrababu Naidu wrote in his letter.
What is the police’s version:
For the July 26 molestation incident, an FIR was immediately registered by the local police in the Bommuru Police Station under sections 354, 506 r/w 34 IPC, 11 r/w 12 POSCO Act, 2012. Later, the three accused were arrested and were remanded to judicial custody.
“It’s a false propaganda. Before levelling allegations, those who are doing so ( without naming Chandrababu Naidu ) should do some ground work and check facts. In this molestation case of the minor girl, not only the three accused were arrested and remanded to judicial custody, the chargesheet was also filed and the case is coming up for trial in Special Posco Court. Kakinada, on October 21,” Rajahmahendravaram Urban SP Shemushi Bajpayee told Zee Media.
With regards to molestation victim’s father suicide attempt case, Ravi Kumar, DSP, Rajahmahendravaram East said, “We have already arrested one person and we will be catching hold of another person named in the complaint soon, and also we have filed case under section 306 r/w 116 IPC. “Infact, the molestation victim’s mother publicly praised our local sub-inspector and circle inspector for taking quick action,” the DSP added.
Currently, the molestation victim is fine and is with her mother while her father’s condition is stable.