Congress president Rahul Gandhi met a Dalit woman who was allegedly gang-raped in front of her husband in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, party sources said.
Gandhi was accompanied by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, deputy CM Sachin Pilot and Congress national general secretary Avinash Pandey, they said. He was earlier scheduled to arrive. On April 26, six miscreants accosted the woman and her husband on the Thanagazi-Alwar bypass and took them to an isolated place, where they allegedly raped her in front of him.
An FIR was lodged on May 2 and the accused circulated a video clip of the crime on May 4. Subsequently, five accused, who allegedly raped the woman, and the one who shot and circulated the video clip, have been arrested.
The incident triggered widespread protests in Alwar, Jaipur, Dausa and nearby areas and a protest march led by BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Kirori Lal Meena had turned violent in Dausa, leaving over half a dozen people injured. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BSP supremo Mayawati and other leaders have condemned the incident.
The Correspondent Bureau with inputs from agencies