The law student who was allegedly raped and sexually exploited by former Union Minister of State for Home, Swami Chinmayanand, finally opened up before the media and confirmed the rape charges on Monday.
She also said she had no hope of getting justice from the BJP government in UP and demanded suspension of local district magistrate, charging him of threatening her to keep quiet in the matter.
The girl and her family members appeared before the media on Monday morning and claimed that Shahjahanpur police were not registering an FIR of rape against Swami Chinmayanand. She said her FIR was hence registered at the Kadkadduma police station in New Delhi and the probe had now been handed over to Special Investigation Team (SIT).
Reiterating that she had adequate evidence of her sexual exploitation by Swami Chinmayanand in the last one year, the girl claimed that she would produce the evidence before the court of law to buttress her charges.
She further charged the Shahjahanpur administration of siding with Swami Chinmayanand and alleged that District Magistrate of Shahjahanpur, Indira Vikram Singh, even threatened her to shut her mouth after which she first took shelter in New Delhi and then shifted to Rajasthan fearing for her life.
The victim’s father vowed that now he would take the fight to the conclusion and expose the real face of Swami Chinmayanand.
It may be mentioned that the SIT which is now probing the sexual harassment charges against Swami Chinmayanand, has been camping in Shahjahanpur for the last three days.
The SIT members visited the hostel rooms and the residence of the Godman in search of evidences last Saturday.
Sources said that the SIT, beside visiting room number 102 of the law college hostel allotted to the victim, also went to adjacent rooms to talk to other students and search evidences.
The SIT team, in two groups, later visited the residence of Swami Chinmayanand and closely looked both inside and outside the house. Later the team visited SS Law College to gather leads which could help them find out the truth about the charges made by the victim.
On Sunday, the SIT reportedly recorded the statement of some hostel inmates to extract clues of sexual harassment charges.
On Friday, soon after reaching Shahjahanpur to probe the sex harassment charges, the SIT headed by Inspector General Naveen Arora went through the papers relating to extortion case filed by Swami Chinmayanand’s counsel and also the one filed by the woman’s father.
“We have included legal and surveillance experts in the team and if required, a forensic expert will also be called in,” Arora said.
The SIT was formed last Tuesday, a day after the Supreme Court directed the state government to probe the woman’s charges.
A law student at a college run by Swami Chinmayanand’s trust, the girl went missing on August 24, a day after she posted a video on social media, accusing the BJP leader of harassing and threatening to kill her.
Her father filed a complaint with the police, accusing 72-year-old Chinmayanand of sexually harassing her, a charge refuted by the former Union minister, who termed it as ‘conspiracy’ to blackmail him.
Taking suo motu cognisance, the Supreme Court maintained that the girl, who was found in Rajasthan, would continue to stay in Delhi till September 12.