Blaming the Rajasthan Congress government for delaying the investigation on the Alwar gangrape case on political grounds, BSP Supremo Mayawati, on Saturday, said that the 'incident was kept under wraps till voting was not concluded in that constituency (May 6)', while addressing a press conference at BSP state office in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
"What is worrying and tragic is that the Congress government threatened the affected families of this very serious crime for their own political gains and did not let the investigation happen into the incident till voting was not concluded in that constituency (May 6)," she said.
Speaking about the struggle taken up by the locals and her party to get justice to the victim, she said that BSP did not believe that the Congress government will deliver justice on time.
"Even after voting was concluded, our party (BSP) workers and people from the Dalit community had to struggle hard due to which a thorough investigation has been done in the matter now. What is of importance is that if Congress government is to rule the state will the affected Dalit woman get justice on time? I don't think so. Our party has no hope at all," she added.
Suggesting the apex court's intervention on this case, she requested for the death penalty to the accused, as the matter affected all women. She also requested action against the Congress government and police for suppressing the case until voting was concluded in Alwar.
"Hence we wish that the Supreme Court should look into this incident. We also wish that they (SC) provide a verdict on time, punishing the accused in the strictest manner preferably a death sentence. Nothing less is expected, as they committed the crime on the victim in front of her husband. This matter is not restricted to just Dalits, it is related to the honour of women all over the country. We also wish that the SC will take strict action against the Congress government and the police officials in power there." she said.
Earlier, BJP too had demanded the resignation of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot over the inaction in the case. Jaipur Rural Lok Sabha MP Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and other BJP leaders had planned to file their complaint against the concerned authorities, on Thursday only to find that the collector was not present in the office.Interacting with the media, Rathore said that the Collector is either scared or was instructed to remain absent.
"When we (BJP) came to file a written complaint demanding CM's resignation, the Collector was not present here to accept it when we had already gotten permission prior to this to file a complaint. Either he was scared from the public outrage or he had been instructed to remain absent," he said.
Earlier on Thursday, a fourth arrest had been made in the Alwar gangrape case, as per reports. The accused Hansraj Gurjar, who had been arrested was allegedly the mastermind of the crime. On Wednesday, the man who had reportedly made the video of the rape had been arrested. As of now, one more accused is still absconding.
A Dalit woman was allegedly raped by five men in front of her husband in Thanagazi, Alwar district on April 26. The assailants also filmed the crime and uploaded the video on social media. The police have arrested three people accused in the case so far. One of the arrested had filmed the video. The police have sent teams to hunt down the rest of the accused.
Since the incident, BJP has been demanding that Rajasthan should resign, alleging there was a delay in the investigation due to polls in the state which were concluded in the state on May 6. While the rape occurred on April 26, an FIR had been filed on May 2.