The Hush Post| 3:24 pm|one-minute-read|
Two slaps for trying to rape a girl was the punishment given by the panchayat to a youth who happens to be a close relative of a local legislator. The youth was charged with molestation of a college girl at Jashpur district, about 300 km from Raipur.
The girl narrated the ordeal at a local police station but the police “didn’t register an FIR”.
The accused Nitesh Bhagat is the brother of the wife of Jashpur MLA Vinay Bhagat. He offered a lift in his four-wheeler to the girl who was returning home after appearing in her examination.
He forcibly took her to a lonely place. There he tried to assault the girl and tried to outrage her modesty. The girl managed to escape the rape attempt. Later, she narrated the entire incident to her relatives.
As the incident of molestation spread like wildfire, the senior citizens of the village called a panchayat. They passed a decree to punish the youth by slapping him twice.
Ironically, it was the wife of the MLA who carried out the “feeble punishment’’ order of the panchayat by slapping the accused.
Jashpur district police chief S L Baghel said that he learnt about the incident only through social media. “I had sent a police team but no one, not even the relative of the girl, is willing to say anything. If anyone comes forward we will register the compliant,” the SP said while confirmed that the cited accused is the brother-in-law of local Congress legislator.