Bihar court sends ‘gangrape survivor’ to jail

Patna: A civil court in Araria district of Bihar has sent a 22-year-old “gang rape survivor” to jail as she allegedly raised her voice insisting she would sign the statement only after a social worker has seen it. It also charged two social workers with the similar crime for assisting her.

On 7 July, the woman had filed a complaint at the Araria women’s police station in which she alleged that she was gang-raped on 6 July. After an FIR was registered, she had been called to record her statement before the magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC on 10 July.

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The police said she appeared with two social activists Kalyani Badola and Tanmay Nivedata from NGO Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan to record her statement. When the magistrate asked her to sign her statement, the woman allegedly insisted that one of the activists first read it out to her.
According to the police, no one can accompany a complainant during the recording of a statement before the magistrate.

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All three women are now lodged in a jail in Samastipur, located around 225 km away from Araria.
Investigation in the gang rape case is, meanwhile, underway, with the police having made one arrest so far. The complainant’s medical report is awaited, said the police.

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