Chhattisgarh police probing rape charge against home minister's nephew

The woman, who claimed to be a mother of Shamodh Paikra's two-and-a-half-year-old child, used to study with the Home Minister's nephew in 2014 when they became close.

Published: 09th July 2018 12:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th July 2018 12:22 PM   |  A+A-

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RAIPUR: The police had lodged an FIR and began an investigation into the allegation of rape against Shamodh Paikra, who is a nephew of Chhattisgarh home minister Ramsewak Paikra, in Surajpur district, about 350 km north of Raipur.

The compliant was lodged by a 21-year-old-woman who alleged that she was being raped by him since 2014 on the promise of marriage and claimed 'she is now a mother of two-and-a-half year baby girl of Shamodh Paikra'.

"We have registered an FIR against Shamodh. The probe is underway under the section 376 IPC (punishment for rape). The accused is yet to be arrested", Surajpur superintendent of police Girijashankar Jaiswal told the Express. Shamodh, 25, is a school teacher and the police hope he will cooperate with the investigation.

"We are keeping all options open in the investigation process including DNA fingerprinting test at later stage if the situation so demands", the SP said and further informed that the complainant cited herself as a minor when she was sexually exploited on the alleged false promise of marrying her. She was then studying in a school four years ago. She got pregnant and was reportedly forced by Shamodh to undergo an abortion but the complainant decided otherwise and gave birth to a baby girl. She also asserted that after Shamodh refused to marry she had gone to the police earlier seeking justice but in vain as her plea resulted into no action.

"Shamodh has got married to another woman. Our inquiry in underway to ascertain the rape charges levelled by the women before we go ahead to arrest the accused", the Surajpur SP averred. The home minister stated that the law will take its own course and the action would be initiated against whoever is found blameworthy. 

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