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Updated: April 21, 2013 10:52 IST
Delhi Child Rape

Bihar village ostracises accused, family

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A file photo of Manoj Shah who has been accused of brutally raping a five-year-old girl in Delhi.
A file photo of Manoj Shah who has been accused of brutally raping a five-year-old girl in Delhi.

The village that the Delhi child rape accused, Manoj Sah, hails from has imposed a social boycott on him and his family, panchayat members of Bharthua in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district told The Hindu over phone on Saturday.

The decision was a unanimous one and all the panchayat members felt Manoj’s family “should have led him in the right direction,” mukhiya (chief) Lal Babu Rai said.

Manoj, in his twenties, was arrested by the Delhi Police from his in-law’s house at Chiknouta village in the same district around 2 a.m earlier in the day.

Manoj’s parents, Mr. Rai said, lived in Delhi, where his father Bindeshwar Rai runs a juice and snack stall. His mother left the village on Friday, he added. However, Manoj’s grandparents, who own a small piece of land in the village, have been exempted from the boycott after his grandfather, who attended the panchayat meeting, told the gathering that he had severed relations with his grandson.

“He said he would not be upset if Manoj was hanged. On the contrary, he would be at peace.”

“We called a meeting, because this is such a heinous incident. The panchayat condemned it. Even if he is released on bail or the court gives him a light sentence, we would not let him step into the village or live here. It is such a shameful thing for the village, which has a rich history,” Mr. Rai said.

“The panchayat felt that even the death sentence would not be enough for him,” another member, Kamlesh, who assisted the police told, The Hindu.

Both Mr. Rai and Kamlesh said Manoj was already a hated figure in the village because three years ago he tried to “rob the son of a local teacher of an attaché case and knifed him.” The mukhiya added that a few years ago during Holi the villagers had to intervene when Manoj beat up his grandfather.

Meanwhile, Manoj was produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate and his transit remand was sought, Deputy Inspector General Amrit Raj told The Hindu. A medical examination was also conducted on the directions of the court. He was taken by road to the Patna airport in a police escort vehicle, from where he was flown to Delhi at 3.15 p.m., Patna Superintendent of Police Jayant Kant said.

When Manoj was brought to Patna around noon, the police faced irate protesters from the Aam Aadmi Party and India Against Corruption at the airport. They demanded that the police hand over the accused to them. They demanded that the death penalty be given to rapists and called for the resignation of Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.

‘Blot on humanity’

Demanding the strictest punishment for the accused, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the Delhi rape case “shames humanity.”

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said the incident was “a blot on humanity.”

Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad also condemned the incident and raised concern at the increase in crimes against women.

All are in sheer anguish about the culprits who are seen? All want to
hang them? What about the culprits who remote controlled these people?
In India couples who were about to be married were to be told what they
are to do? Now suddenly why this change has happen? Nothing for those
responsible for bringing the idea to these culprits?

from:  Ganesh J. Acharya
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 11:15 IST

Increasing cases of rape such as of 5 year old Gudiya and even of a
two-month old baby are dangerous portents for future. At one level
these reflect the sick society with an utter disdain for ethics,
morals and the laws of the land. There is no fear and no shame.Whether
it is rape of a girl or rape of environment or society by way of
serious economic offences as seen in several States- Karnataka, Andhra
Pradesh the problem is same.
As regards rape and sexual offences, the decreasing girl-boy sex ratio
and migration of young men to urban and metro centers, will only
aggravate the situation. Any Police and law enforcing system can work
when there are relatively few crimes as compared to the population. If
the percentage is high, no law-enforcing system can cope with the
disorder/chaos that results.
Can this be treated as a National Emergency and suitable ,strong
measures initiated?

Posted on: Apr 21, 2013 at 15:33 IST

Who are these people who are coming to Delhi and committing these heinous crimes and than running away to their respective states.These people are destroying the name of Delhi.These people should be identified and severely punished there should be a check on these criminals by the Delhi state government.Unchecked inflow of people without any means of livelihood for them and their family members is also one of the factors.As a result they have been committing crimes.Unless the central government takes urgent steps to contain the free flow of people to Delhi ,the crime scene appears to be increasing day by day.Those coming to Delhi do not have Roti,Kapra and fill their empty bellies they are committing these heinous crimes and in turn becoming a curse for the Delhi state and its people who have been living peacefully in Delhi for generation.

Posted on: Apr 21, 2013 at 10:36 IST

They should boycott only the accused not the family. The family may not
supporting his son. So what is the logic of boycott family? if they are
are thinking that their son have done a heinous act they will definitely
oppose him and the village should support family for their courage for
standing anti to son.

from:  rao
Posted on: Apr 21, 2013 at 08:48 IST

It is disturbing to see both the protests and the ostracism -- we essentially live in a
feudal society, not a modern one.

from:  Neel
Posted on: Apr 21, 2013 at 08:27 IST

Is it right to publish his picture , if it's then why be selective . If the crime being heinous is the criteria then this isn't the first and sadly won't be the last too.

from:  Ishan
Posted on: Apr 21, 2013 at 08:11 IST
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