In the wake of the abhorrent Aligarh murder case, Minister of State in the Uttar Pradesh cabinet, Upendra Tiwari has made controversial remarks regarding rape incidents stating that rape incidents should be reported immediately and that many reports emerge later.
"The nature of rape is serious. If it is a rape of a minor, do we treat it as a lesser crime? But sometimes reports emerge about rape incidents of 30-35-year-old married women. We have got reports of such rape incidents 7-8 years later (after the crime) from adults who have been in a relationship saying that they had been wronged before. The issue should have been reported seven years ago. Whenever such incidents occur, we take the Chief Minister's counsel and then take action accordingly," he said.
The state currently is facing major protests over the horrific murder case in Aligarh wherein the mutilated body of a 3-year-old girl was found in a garbage dump, with an initial probe indicating that the killing was a fallout of a monetary dispute. While four suspects have been arrested in connection to the case, contingents of security forces have been deployed and a flag march was carried out in the vicinity on Sunday to prevent any untoward incident from happening.
Meanwhile, regarding the victim, Senior Superintendent of Police Akash Kulhari said the girl went missing from Tappal township on May 31 and on June 2, police found her mutilated body in a garbage dump near her house. Police had earlier arrested two persons — Zahid and Aslam — on the basis of the complaint of the victim’s father.
“Post-mortem examination has not found any sign of sexual assault. The report confirmed death due to strangulation,” the police officer said.
Talking to Republic TV, the mother of the victim, on Friday has shared the details of the search for their daughter after she went missing. She has said that they never doubted Zahid as there was no reason to do so. Zahid was named in the monetary dispute angle by village chief Chaudhary Lalit.
"I came to know within ten minutes when she went missing. We had searched the entire village and had asked the neighbours too. But of no avail. We never doubted Zahid as there was no such reason. Arrest both the accused's' families as they are not accepting the entire blame," she said.
The victim's father too has spoken with Republic TV sharing the details of how they found her body and identified it.
"When we discovered the body on June 2, her hand was cut and acid had been thrown over her. Her eye was gouged out, such was the bad state of the body. The smell emanating from the body made it difficult to breathe. She was wearing a yellow cap which helped us identify her. Otherwise, we could not have done that," he said.
Like his wife, he also demanded that other family members of the accused be arrested adding that the entire matter should be investigated thoroughly.
He also added: "Only the accused should be hanged, not anyone innocent. But the one responsible should not escape."