For want of against Gujarat BJP MLA facing POCSO case in Rajasthan, the victim’s mother tried to commit suicide on the Jodhpur High Court premises. She was admitted to the hospital in critical condition. The woman was reportedly distressed for getting repeated court dates in the case, following which she consumed poison in the court itself.
A complaint under POCSO was filed against three people, including Gujarat MLA Gajendra Singh Parmar, for sexually assaulting the minor traveling by car in Rajasthan’s Abu Road three years ago. The victim’s mother alleges the case is being weakened due to political pressure from Parmar.
The incident took place in November 2020, when an Ahmedabad woman was going to Jaisalmer in a car with her daughter, MLA Parmar and another person. Then Gajendra Singh Parmar and two other persons physically abused the woman’s minor daughter. Due to the controversy she returned to Ahmedabad. But Ahmedabad police did not take any action against Parmar and other accused, after which the victim’s mother registered a case in Sirohi through the court.
It is said that Parmar and the other accused were pressuring the woman against registering a police complaint.
Recently, the lower court had ordered a stay on the arrest of Parmar. It is alleged that after this, along with political pressure, the woman was threatened during the investigation of the case. Therefore, an application was filed in Jodhpur HC to lift the stay on arrest. However, the woman alleges due to political pressure, her case number was not given and new dates were continuously given. Before attempting suicide, the woman wrote a letter addressed to the judge, in which Parmar was made an accused and demanded justice from the court.
The three accused—Parmar, Sabarkantha District Central Co-operative Bank chairman Mahesh Amichandbhai Patel and Ganpatsinh Parbatsinh Zala—moved the Gujarat HC on January 25 with a transit anticipatory bail application.
Admitting the case the same day, the court of Justice Samir Dave issued a notice to the police inspector of the Rajasthan police station and kept the same returnable for February 6. In the interim, the court directed Rajasthan police to not arrest the accused in Gujarat.
The FIR was lodged against the accused at Rajasthan’s Abu Road Sadar police station on January 20 following a Sirohi court’s direction.
Pointing out that the complaint was registered at Abu Road in Rajasthan (where Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government is in power), the accused submitted before the court that the complaint was a fallout of “political rivalry”.
Advocate Yash Nanavaty and senior advocate Nirupam Nanavaty, on behalf of the accused, also highlighted that the FIR was filed two years after the alleged incident.
“I don’t want to condemn this lady at this stage but there are many applications or many such cases filed by her against these people…These are totally false stories,” submitted Nirupam. He noted that in the past, too, there was a similar attempt to file an FIR in Gujarat but it was still not registered. “…a petition is filed and is pending before this court for registration of the FIR,” he stated.