Last Thursday, a B.Sc student who was raped, ended her life leaving a suicide note which read “If I die, nobody will call me a prostitute anymore.” The letter written in Hindi explained how she lost faith in the judicial process saying “Whenever I go to court on the date I am called, the judge is not present in court.”
The 21-year-old girl alleged that she was raped by a doctor and 2 police constables for over six months. She revealed her ordeal to her family on January 2015 and eventually the three accused were arrested on the same day.
The incident took place in 2014 at Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital in Bhilai where she went to receive treatment and was raped initially by the doctor and later by the two constables.
Gautam Pandit, the doctor told she had jaundice after which he drugged and confined her in the hospital for 3 days. He along with the constables Saurabh Bhakta and Chandra Prakash Pandey raped her and later threatened her that they had made a video. For the next six months, they continued to blackmail her and even extorted money.
Her brother told Indian Express that when she decided to file a police complaint, she was beaten up for ‘lying’.
“She never reported this because she told her lawyer everything. We fear her lawyer too did not want to fight for her, and instead told her to give up the case.” he added.