Arunachal Woman Accuses CM, Two Others Of Rape
A woman from Arunachal Pradesh has accused Chief Minister Pema Khandu and two others of molesting and raping her in July 2008. She is seeking justice and says lack of justice hampers a victim’s belief in an institution or person.
The woman submitted her detailed complaint before the National Commission of Women on Thursday (Feb 15).
“I have filed the complaint against three men, including Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu. Till now, I have not got a proper response from either the police or the court. Both are saying it is a case of fraud, which is untrue. We (lawyer and I) have approached the National Commission for Women with the help of an NGO. If I don’t get justice here also, then victims suffering like me, will not believe anyone,” said the survivor to the media in New Delhi on Saturday (Feb 17).
“I will fight against this till my last breath because I am right. Many people on social media are saying that I am doing this to get popular or for money. But, I can’t play with anyone’s life just for money. Why would I file a fake complaint against anyone? The NCW should think about it and take action,” she added.
Belonging to the West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh, she filed a complaint through her lawyer Rashmi Bhati under Section 10 of National Commission for Women Act.
“She came to us through an NGO. We heard details of her ordeal and decided to just give her a chance. We filed a complaint with NCW,” Bhati told ANI.
“I will fight against this till my last breath because I am right. Many people on social media are saying that I am doing this to get popular or for money. But, I can’t play with anyone’s life just for money”
Bhati also revealed that the survivor has filed the complaint with NCW nearly three years after she gathered the courage to do so.
“The NCW has received a complaint in this regard. The commission is going through the documents, and it will be seeking legal advice, since the matter was dismissed by a court in Arunachal Pradesh. So after going through the complaint, the NCW will react on the matter,” said NCW member Rekha Sharma.
CM denies allegations
CM Khandu has denied all the claims and has called it a political move to tarnish his image by his opponents.
“I am shocked and saddened by these false allegations against me. I have always conducted myself honourably and with utmost integrity. In my view, these allegations are politically motivated and crafted by my opponents,” said Khandu.
“It’s unfortunate that they have resorted to such dirty tricks, bringing disgrace to the political life of Arunachal Pradesh. I have full faith in the competent authority before which this matter currently stands and believe that they will do justice. There is no doubt that truth will prevail over this malafide campaign against me. I have already initiated legal actions for making such false and defaming allegations against me,” he added.
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