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Report cloud on Chanho ‘rape’

Ranchi, April 30: The BJP worker was not raped, a report tabled by Sadar Hospital medical board has claimed, to which her party has responded by demanding she be re-examined at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS).

“No recent evidence of sexual intercourse and no symptom of rape were found,” SP (rural) S.K. Jha quoted from the medical board report this afternoon.

The findings of the three-member medical board of lady doctors flatly contradict the politically motivated gang rape accusations that the 32-year-old minority BJP worker had levelled on April 28 against 22 men of her community.

In an FIR based on her statement, seven persons were named.

The woman had added she could pick out many others from an identification parade.

The BJP, which took “serious note of the development”, requested Jha for a medical examination at RIMS though the police say only a court order could now direct them to do so.

President of its minority cell Mohammed Kazim said the party was clear about its standpoint.

“If it is proved that the lady has made false allegations, she will be expelled from the party. Otherwise, she will be given full protection and support,” he said.

“Though we are not questioning the integrity of the medical team (of Sadar Hospital), it will be in the interest of justice if the victim is examined at RIMS again. We cannot believe that a lady can lie openly about her being gang-raped,” a police officer in Chanho quoted a BJP minority worker as saying.

SSP Prabhat Kumar said sending the victim for medical examination again was beyond their purview. “Re-examination in such a case is done only if anything is inconclusive. When the medical board has given its report, we can’t send the alleged victim for re-examination. Now, it can only be done on a court directive,” he said.

Asked how efficacious an examination days after the alleged crime will be, reputable Ranchi-based gynaecologist Dr Vibha Rani said: “Results are most conclusive within six or 12 hours. Here, delay may not yield conclusive indication as the victim’s private parts have been washed. If need be, the slide of a vaginal swab can be sent for re-test.”

The medical report has shocked the woman.

“It is a conspiracy. I will leave no stone unturned to punish those who raped me. I will knock on the doors of high court and Supreme Court to ensure the culprits are punished,” a Chanho resident, requesting anonymity, quoted the lady as saying after learning the contents of the report.

On April 28, the woman, had alleged that she, her husband and teenaged daughter were woken from sleep when a windowpane at their home was smashed around 1.30am and some men had taken her husband hostage at gunpoint. Then, some 22 men took turns in raping her for the next one-and-half hours, she had said.

State BJP leaders, including former chief minister Arjun Munda had demanded a high-level inquiry on the day of the incident.