>Adivasi Girl gangraped by NGO men at Delhi



Adivasi Girl gangraped by NGO men at Delhi

The city reaffirmed its tag of being the crime capital after a young girl from Jharkhand was gangraped by an NGO owner and his two friends in northwest Delhi. The girl, who had come to the city looking for a job, was allegedly drugged and raped by the trio. The incident came to light on June 20 after the victim lodged a complaint with the police.


One of the rapists, Shiv Ram, 40, has been arrested. But the main accused, Baldev and Bamdev, are still on the run, said deputy commissioner of police (northwest) Meenu Choudhary.


What is shocking is all three accused are part of NGOs that claim to fight against exploitation of the downtrodden, particularly migrants from Jharkhand.


Bamdev runs an organization, Jharkhand Nyay Manch, while Shivram runs an NGO, Seva Bharti, in Punjabi Bagh. Baldev is employed here. This NGO too claims to take up the cause of the poor, particularly exploitation of maids from Jharkhand by placement agencies.


The police said, the victim claimed she came to Delhi looking for a job. "The girl said she has been working as a part-time maid in the city since December last year," a police officer said.


On June 2, the three men called her to Bamdev's residence under the pretext of some work. All three were drunk at that time. Late in the night, they offered her soft drinks laced with sedatives and she lost consciousness. When she woke up next morning, she had been sexually assaulted.


The trio also threatened her with dire consequences if she complained to the police, a police officer said.


The girl went to church on Monday where she met a relative and confided in her.


"Then she gathered the courage to go to the Rani Bagh police station and lodge a complaint. A medical examination confirmed rape. We have arrested Shiv Ram. The other two are absconding. A case of rape and criminal intimidation has been lodged," said a senior police officer.


Source: TNN | Jun 23, 2011 @ Adivasis.com


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