A brutal inhuman rape. Correction. Every rape is inhuman. Then, how do we define the rapes the description of which send a shiver down our spines? We cant. There is no word in the vocabulary that is suitable enough to describe the barbaric nature of such crimes. It’s a reminder Nirbhaya once again. The sheer cruelty of the act. The disregard for human life, to discard her as if she’s a piece of rag, and then calmly go about their own lives. What have human beings come to become is the question that lingers in our minds as we come across the news of a 50-year-old woman being gang-raped and murdered allegedly by three men including priest and his two disciples on Sunday night in western Uttar Pradesh’s Budaun district.
Police arrested the two accomplices, Jai Pal alias Jaspal and Vedram Pal, under charges of gang rape and murder on Tuesday but the main accused, Satyaveer alias Satya Narayan , is still on the run.
The woman worked as an Anganwadi worker and had gone to the temple to offer prayers on the evening of January 3. “On Sunday, she had left home around 5 pm and the men brought her back around 11:30 pm,” her son said to a local media channel as reported by India Today, “They brought her on their own in a vehicle. She was dead when they left her here. The occultist and others dropped her at the door and left quickly.”
Images from the woman’s village home taken on Monday morning, show her body laid out on a cot, surrounded by family members and other villagers. A yellow sheet covering her lower body appears to be soaked in blood and one of her legs appears broken and bent at the foot. Family members of the victim have alleged that the police station officer of Ughaiti, Ravendra Pratap Singh, did not reach the spot even after the complaint. The body was sent for a post-mortem on Monday afternoon, 18 hours after the incident. The post-mortem was done by a panel of three doctors, including a female doctor.
Autopsy reports revealed fatal injuries to the woman’s private parts. The woman’s rib and leg were broken while the lungs were attacked with a heavy object. Severe bleeding was also reported on account of the insertion of a rod into her private parts. The report confirms rape.
Budaun police said a case of gang-rape and murder has been filed and two arrests have been made. Budaun police chief Sankalp Sharma also confirmed two arrests. He also added that disciplinary action was being taken against local policemen for negligence. “The preliminary inquiry has found that the local police station in-charge was negligent in handling the case. I have ordered his suspension,” Mr. Sharma said.
Meanwhile, National Commission for Women (NCW) chief Rekha Sharma said that a team has been sent to the district to take stock of the situation. “We have taken cognizance of the matter. One NCW member is going to the spot to investigate the matter to meet the family and the police and take an exact stock of the situation.”
A horrific crime like this is an aberration. Negligence of the police must be looked into, but there is hardly anything the government or law can do to ensure that rarest of rare rapes like these do not occur. The only thing that it can, and should do is set up a fast track court that gives a quick verdict and make sure exemplary and harsh punishment is given to the accused so that nobody in the future would dare to commit such a heinous crime.