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Thingi women oppose mishandling of rape case in Mah

Posted on Jan 02, 05:05PM | UNI

Hundreds of women under the banner of Shramajivi Mahila Thingi, a frontal organisation of Sharamajivi Sangatana, working for upliftment of tribals in Thane district today carried out a protest march and stormed the Virar police station to take on the police for showing lethargy in handling a rape case and shielding the accused.

The demonstration was lead by Anita Dangada, Chief of Thingi. The women were doubly agitated over the Delhi gangrape incident and demanding action against the police officer of the Virar Police station, who allegedly supported the accused, a renowned builder from Virar.

Giving details of the macabre incident, the Chief of the Shramajivi Sanghatana and Vasai MLA Vivek Pandit told newsmen here today that the accused Kirti Kumar Chorge, around 40 was following the victim for quite some time. He had even passed lewd comments on the lady concerned.

He had been harassing her since past three years her and even raped the victim who was around 38, and threatened her of dire consequences if she revealed.

But he did not stop at this alone, the accused disfigured her by pinching her all over her body as a result of which she got maimed and blood started oozing out of her body.

He committed the crime in the presence of her 14-year old daughter and seven year old son, as per the complaint by the lady.

At times he was even escorted by bodygurads who kept vigil outside while he raped the woman at her home.

The victim told the police that the acused threatened her that if she complained he would not spare her daughter also and threatened the woman to not to disclose, she told the police.

However, inspired by the Delhi incident she gathered courage and filed a written complaint against the accused but the police refused to do so.

Finally, she approached one Pandit who helped her and the complaint was lodged but the police dropped the clause of 'torture' and only retained section 376 of the IPC as suited to them, Pandit told this correspondent.

It was aslo alleged that the police took its own time to register the complaint.

But it was heights when Additional Sessions Judge S J Khairnar granted anticipatory bail to the builder on the very same day of filing of the complaint even without getting the nod from the prosecution.

In condemnation, the women today stormed into the police station and demanded action against the police officer Chandrakant Jadhav and the judge for shielding the accused.

Mr Pandit alleged that the police officer helped the accused in getting bail by not arresting him.

He demanded that case ought to be registered against the police officer Chavan for taking sides with the accused.

He also demanded that the government should also issue a notice to the Bombay High Court judge Vasai Judge for granting bail to the accused without any say of the government or police.

He also said the family feared for their lives and therefore be given police protection.

DYSP Devraj gave a patient hearing to the delegation and assured of suitable action.