UP: Upper-caste Hindu men threaten Dalit gang-rape survivor to withdraw case

A Dalit gang-rape survivor has alleged that she was subjected to casteist slurs and threatened by family members of one of the accused to withdraw the case.

The accused is a block chief and is using his clout to terrorise the victim’s family, she alleged.

The Dalit woman, a resident of Handia area of Allahabad district, had lodged a gang-rape report against former BJP MLA Vijay Mishra’s nephew and block chief Manish Mishra and his three friends at Bhadohi’s Unj police station in 2019.

According to her fresh complaint, the Dalit woman reached Bhadohi on Sunday afternoon to meet her lawyer and when she was going towards Gyanpur, Manish Mishra’s son Yash Mishra, brother-in-law Santosh Tiwari, Bindu Mishra and another accused Rakesh Bharti stopped her and threatened to kill her after hurling casteist abuses if she did not withdraw the case.

Inspector-in-charge of Gopiganj police station Sadanand Singh said that Bindu Mishra, Yash Mishra, Santosh Tiwari and Rakesh Bharti were booked under Section 504 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) (intentionally insulting with intent to provoke breach of the peace) on the complaint of the gang-rape victim.

He said legal action was also being taken against them under Section 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

She also alleged that after she lodged a gang-rape compliant in 2019, these four people came to her residence in Handia several times and threatened to kill the entire family.