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Rahul Gandhi meets Alwar gang rape victim, assures justice to her

Rahul Gandhi. File.

Rahul Gandhi. File.  

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday met the Dalit woman who was gang-raped at Thanagazi in Rajasthan's Alwar district and assured her of swift action against the culprits and justice in the case. Mr. Gandhi flew in from New Delhi and went straight to the victim's house to meet her and her family.

Mr. Gandhi told reporters after meeting the family that he had not come to the town to indulge in politics and added that this was “[more of] an emotional issue for me”. “As soon as I heard about the incident, I called Ashok Gehlot Ji. This is not a political issue for me... I have met the victim's family and they have sought justice. It will be done,” he said.

Jo bhi zimmedar hain unke khilaaf zabardast karyawahi hogi,” (Stringent action will be taken against those responsible) Mr. Gandhi said. “I want to send across a message not just in Alwar or in Rajasthan, but in the entire country that such behaviour against our sisters and mothers will not be tolerated,” he said.

Mr. Gandhi was accompanied by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, AICC State in-charge Avinash Pande and Congress candidate from Alwar in Lok Sabha election, Jitendra Singh.

Mr. Gehlot said the State government had taken several decisions to prevent crimes against women in the aftermath of the Alwar incident. He said the chargesheet in the Alwar case would be filed in the court within seven days and the victim would be given a government job.

The Congress government in the State has faced criticism over the alleged delay in registration of first information report in the case. The BJP alleged that the police had turned away the victim and delayed action in view of the May 6 polling for Lok Sabha election.

The April 26 incident caused widespread outrage in the State after the accused released video footage of the crime, which they had filmed, on the social media. The Dalit woman was raped allegedly in front of her husband after the couple was waylaid on the Thanagazi-Alwar bypass road and dragged to a deserted area.

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