Amid widespread outrage over the Alwar gang-rape case, the Additional Chief Secretary to Home Department, Government of Rajasthan, on Friday directed Kapil Garg, the Director General of Police (DGP), to register a case against Thanagazi SHO Sardar Singh and other police personnel for alleged negligence in duty. In early May, the state government had suspended the SHO along with Alwar SP Rajiv Pachar from their duty following the incident.
"Alwar gang-rape: Addl chief secy, home dept has directed DGP to register a case against SHO of Thanagazi police station Sardar Singh and other police personnel for negligence of duty. A woman was gang-raped in front of her husband at Alwar-Thanagazi bypass on 26 April," the news agency ANI reported.
Alwar gang-rape: Addl chief secy, home dept has directed DGP to register a case against SHO of Thanagazi police station Sardar Singh & other police personnel for negligence of duty. A woman was gang-raped in front of her husband at Alwar-Thanagazi bypass on 26 April. #Rajasthan— ANI (@ANI) June 7, 2019
A woman was allegedly raped by five men in front of her husband when they were going on a motorcycle on Thanagaji-Alwar road on April 26. The accused stopped the couple on the Thanagazi-Alwar bypass and dragged them to an isolated area, where they allegedly raped the woman and threatened her husband with dire consequences. The assailants also filmed the crime and uploaded the video on social media.
An FIR was lodged under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the SC/ST Act on May 2. Police had also filed a charge sheet against five accused, identified as Inderraj Gujar, Ashok Gurjar, Chotelal Gurjar, Hansraj Gurjar and Mahesh Gujar.
In the wake of this ghastly incident, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had last week directed the registration of FIRs at the offices of the superintendents of police from next month if a local police station refuses to lodge the case.
The chief minister said every single case where the FIR was not lodged in the local police station should be inquired. He also asked the officials to initiate action against the police personnel who refused to register a case.
In a related development, the state government has released an interim relief Rs 4.12 lakh for the Alwar rape victim as per the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.