BJP leader booked for sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing UP po­lice­man’s wife

Neta’s Kin Thrash Vic­tim For Fil­ing Po­lice Com­plaint Gu­jarat BJP vice-pres­i­dent quits over rape al­le­ga­tions

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

Agra: A 37-year-old teacher, the wife of an Ut­tar Pradesh po­lice­man, was al­legedly sex­u­ally ha­rassed by a lo­cal BJP leader on Fri­day. The woman was also bru­tally thrashed by the ac­cused man’s rel­a­tives af­ter she ap­proached po­lice for help. She has suf­fered par­tial hear­ing loss in the right ear and frac­tures to an arm. The en­tire in­ci­dent of thrash­ing was caught in a CCTV cam­era. Fol­low­ing the as­sault, an FIR was lodged against seven ac­cused, all of whom are ab­scond­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the crime took place at Bi­jauli vil­lage un­der Bah po­lice ju­ris­dic­tion of Agra. The ac­cused, Atul Chauhan, is the vice pres­i­dent of BJP Kisan Mor­cha’s Agra unit.

“I was get­ting my chil­dren ready for school when Chauhan, who was stand­ing in front of his house, sud­denly flashed and asked me to hold it. I im­me­di­ately left the house to drop my two kids off at school be­fore head­ing to the po­lice sta­tion for help. No for­mal com­plaint was filed but the of­fi­cers said that they would de­tain Chauhan for ques­tion­ing,” said the woman.

The vic­tim, an as­sis­tant teacher at a gov­ern­ment pri­mary school, is the wife of an inspector posted at the Fate­hgarh train­ing cen­tre of UP po­lice.

“As soon as I reached home, Chauhan’s wife and other rel­a­tives, who were wait­ing with ba­tons, charged at me. Later, I in­formed my hus­band over phone. He came in the evening and took me to the po­lice sta­tion where an FIR was lodged against the ac­cused peo­ple,” added the woman.

Chauhan has been booked un­der IPC sec­tion 354 A (phys­i­cal con­tact and ad­vances in­volv­ing un­wel­come and ex­plicit sex­ual over­tures). Six oth­ers, in­clud­ing his mother Bitti Devi, wife (name not known), sis­tersin-law and brother, were booked un­der sec­tion 452 (tres­pass­ing), 147 (riot), 323 (vol­un­tar­ily caus­ing hurt), 504 (in­ten­tional in­sult with an in­tent to pro­voke breach of trust) and 506 (crim­i­nal in­tim­i­da­tion) of the IPC. The vic­tim’s hus­band said, “This is not the first time that my wife has been sex­u­ally ha­rassed by Chauhan. But the lo­cal po­lice have never filed any FIR.” Su­rat: Gu­jarat BJP vice-pres­i­dent and for­mer Kutch MLA, Jayanti Bhanushali, re­signed from all party posts af­ter a 21-year-old woman in Su­rat ac­cused him of rap­ing her sev­eral times on the pre­text of get­ting her an ad­mis­sion into a fash­ion de­sign­ing course.

Bhanushali, who rep­re­sented Ab­dasa as­sem­bly con­stituency from 2007 to 2012, wrote to state BJP pres­i­dent Jitu Vagha- ni stat­ing he was re­sign­ing from all posts till he gets a clean chit on all the al­le­ga­tions. Sources, how­ever, said that Vaghani had asked him to quit af­ter the news of ac­cu­sa­tions against him gained steam on Fri­day.

The woman sub­mit­ted her ap­pli­ca­tion of com­plaint on Tues­day to Su­rat po­lice com­mis­sioner Satish Sharma and Varachha po­lice sta­tion. She de­manded po­lice pro­tec­tion as she feared for her and her fam­ily’s lives as Bhanushali is an in­flu­en­tial per­son. The woman’s rel­a­tive in­tro­duced her to Bhanushali (57) af­ter she ex­pressed her de­sire to study fash­ion de­sign­ing in Ahmed­abad. In Novem­ber 2017, Bhanushali called her to Ahmed­abad with her cer­tifi­cates. She was made to sit in a car and then al­legedly raped in a field on the way to Gand­hi­na­gar. Ac­cord­ing to her com­plaint, Bhanushali had a knife and his as­so­ciate was armed with a gun. One per­son took a video of the act, she al­leged. The woman claimed Bhanushali started black­mail­ing her with the video and estab­lished a “reg­u­lar” phys­i­cal re­la­tion­ship with her.

Po­lice com­mis­sioner Satish Sharma told TOI, “We re­ceived her ap­pli­ca­tion on July 10 and we are send­ing it to the po­lice sta­tion con­cerned for ac­tion .”

In March 2018, Bhanushali al­legedly called her at a ho­tel near Ahmed­abad air­port and raped her. “On April 24, a per­son from Bhanushali’s of­fice came to my house and forced me to sign on a blank paper and red book. I was also given a pen drive in which the video clip of the act with Bhanushali was recorded,” she al­leged. The woman has also al­leged that the BJP leader was forc­ing her to en­ter into phys­i­cal re­la­tion­ship with other men.

Bhanushali stated in his let­ter to Vaghani, “I came to know that some­one has filed a com­plaint against me in Su­rat. I sense this is a con­spir­acy against me. Some­one is try­ing to tar­nish my fam­ily’s and my rep­u­ta­tion. I de­mand un­bi­ased in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the case.”

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