BJP claims Bhandara rape cover-up, to hold rallies

The BJP women wing in the state claimed Saturday the administration was using intimidation to hide facts in the rape-murder case of three sisters in Bhandara.

It will organise "mashal morchas" across the state Monday to highlight alleged law-and-order failure and atrocities against women.

State president of the wing Neeta Kelkar said, "We spoke to the mother of the girls, who were brutally raped and killed and their bodies dumped in a well.

"After the girls went missing from school, the mother approached police at 9 pm. Police, however, refused to acknowledge the case till 1.30 am. Had police taken her complaint seriously and started looking for the girls they could have been saved."

Another member of the wing Uma Khapre said, "The administration is trying to bury the issue by offering the family compensation."

The BJP members dismissed the claim of the local administration that a fight between the mother and her mother-in-law exposed the girls to the crime.

"It is an old tactic of the establishment to blame family and indulge in character assassination when women are raped and killed. In this case, all the three girls were minor. The eldest one was 11 years old and the youngest six."

The family told the BJP members the youngest girl had problems walking and had to be taken to school.

That case, how did she go to the distant well away from school alone is the question.

Kelkar said, "The girls had lost their father and were living with mother and grandparents. The mother runs a small flour mill. The family has rejected the Rs 10 lakh compensation offered by the state. They have asked the government to instead invest in deploying police force to nab the accused."

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