SHAHJAHANPUR: The 23-year-old law student from Shahjahanpur, who had levelled sexual harassment charges against former Union minister Swami Chinmayanand, on Monday alleged that she was raped by the BJP leader for one year.
“Swami Chinmayanand raped me and exploited me physically for one year. I have sufficient evidence to prove Chinmayanand guilty and all of them will be handed over to the SIT at the right time. I had to post a video just for my family’s and my own safety, else Chinmayanand would have got us killed,” the LLM student, with her face covered with a black scarf, told reporters at a press conference.
Claiming that the Shahjahanpur police were not registering the rape case, she broke down and said, “I was hiding and moving here and there to save my life, since we were not supported by the Shahjahanpur district administration. I had no trust in UP police which is why I had to file a rape complaint at the Lodhi Road police station in New Delhi. A formal complaint was also submitted at the Karkardooma court in Delhi.”
According to sources, a 12-page complaint lodged by the woman to Delhi Police against Chinmayanand had reached the Special Investigation Team (SIT) chief, Naveen Arora, through the UP DGP’s office on Sunday. The SIT, however, is yet to record her statement before a magistrate under CrPC’s Section 164 and her medical examination is pending too.
She said, “I don’t have any problem if I am questioned for several hours by the SIT, but it should also arrest the accused.”
“I was offered a job by Chinmayanand when I took admission in LLM at Swami Shukdevanand Law College. Chinmayanand is the chairman of the college. I was often forced to stay in the college till late hours, due to which I was forced by the college staff to take a room in the hostel. After I started staying in the hostel, I was sexually assaulted on numerous occasions,” she said while narrating her ordeal. “There are many girls whose lives have been destroyed by Chinmayanand, but I gathered courage to stand against him.”
Naveen Arora was not available for his comment. Chinmayananda’s lawyer Om Singh denied her charges and said his client would appear before the SIT when he would be summoned.
The student had posted a Facebook video on August 24 in which she alleged that the BJP leader had exploited many girls, including her. She had also claimed to possess proof against Chinmayanand. After posting the video, she went missing. On August 25, the Shahjahanpur police, acting on the complaint of Singh, filed an FIR against unidentified persons on charges of extortion and under the Information Technology Act.
However, the police refused to lodge an FIR on the complaint of the student’s father. Instead, the police had allegedly forced her father to remove Chinmayanand’s name from the complaint and file a missing complaint.
Following media reports, the police lodged the FIR under IPC Section 364 (abduction with intent to commit murder) and 506 (criminal intimidation) against Chinmayanand and unidentified persons on August 27. Chinmayanand was never summoned by the police though.
On August 30, the student was found in Rajasthan’s Dausa district by UP Police. She was produced before the Supreme Court on the same day. The SC later ordered an SIT probe into her allegations.