The 23 year old Law student who had accused former Minister Swami Chinmayanand of sexually harassing her has alleged that “the leader has raped her and exploited her physically for a year”. She said that she has filed a complaint of rape against him with Delhi Police. She also alleged that Uttar Pradesh (UP) police was not registering the complaint against the rape case.
“Swami Chinmayanand raped me and even exploited me physically for one year,” she alleged before the media, her face covered with a black scarf. “The Delhi Police has registered this complaint at Lodhi Road police station and has forwarded it to Shahjahanpur Police, which is not registering the rape case,” she said.
The Delhi police have, however, forwarded the case to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Shahjahanpur Police, which is already probing the allegations of harassment levelled against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader. The girl also said that despite complaining of rape during the SIT interrogation on September 8, Sunday, the accused in the case was not arrested. “On Sunday, the SIT quizzed me for about 11 hours,” she said. “I have told them about the rape. Even after telling them everything, they have not arrested Chinmayanand yet.”
According to a report by The Times of India, the girl’s father was quoted as saying that they didn’t register the case to the SIT directly because they wanted to keep a record of the complaint with Delhi police as well.
“My daughter has registered her complaint with Delhi Police and it was formally forwarded to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in Shahjahanpur. In her complaint, she has levelled charges of sexual assault against Chinmayanand. We could have registered this complaint to SIT directly, but on the advice of our counsel, we wanted to ensure that a record of this complaint is maintained in Delhi as well. Now, we will go and meet the SIT in Shahjahanpur,” the girl’s father said.
The TOI report further stated that a senior official of Delhi Police confirmed that a general diary entry was made at a police station in South Delhi, “details of which cannot be shared”. Inspector general Naveen Arora, incharge of the SIT, was quoted as saying, “We have been informed by the Delhi Police officials about the complaint filed in Delhi but we are yet to receive its copy from them.”
Meanwhile, last week, the Supreme Court had ordered the transfer of the student and her brother to other law colleges saying it was important for their future. However, Chinmayanand had alleged that the girl’s complaint was part of a “very big conspiracy” against him by people who do not want development in Shahjahanpur, where the college is located.
BJP leader and former union minister Chinmayanand has been accused of rape by a Law student who went missing on August 24 for a week from her home in Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh and was found in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The Shahjahanpur police had, on August 27, lodged an FIR against Chinmayanand after the girl went missing following her allegation in a video clip. Her father had filed a complaint with police accusing Chinmayanand of sexually harassing her, a charge refuted by the BJP leader’s lawyer who claimed it was a “conspiracy” to blackmail him.
The girl’s father had alleged that she went missing as she was terrorised by the 72-year-old BJP leader, who heads Mumukshu Ashram and the director of the college, the girl was studying in.
The girl was then produced before the Supreme Court hours after she was found in Rajasthan. The Supreme Court heard the woman’s account in a closed hearing and ordered a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to inquire into her allegations. She told the judges that she had left with her college friends to protect herself. Ordering an investigation, the court said she and her brother couldn’t possibly study in Chinmayanand’s institution anymore.
Meanwhile, Chinmayanand’s lawyer has denied claims that his client has been trying to avoid the police. “Swami is not running away from the case. He is currently engaged in spiritual activities, but will definitely appear before the Delhi Police whenever required,” news agency ANI quoted advocate Om Singh as saying on September 2.