The 21-year-old gangrape survivor identified the accused autorickshaw driver, who was arrested on 24th on allegations of raping her along with two other accomplices on November 17, in Chandigarh on Saturday. The accused, Mohammed Irfan (29), hails from Uttar Pradesh, is the father four children, two of them are girls.
The woman had taken the auto to go back to her paying guest accommodation in Mohali after attending a stenography class in Sector 37. It was her first class. The three men raped her and dumped her in Sector 53, where she was spotted by passersby who informed the police.
Member of Parliament Kirron Kher Wednesday said that the 22-year-old woman who was gang-raped allegedly by an auto driver and his two accomplices should not have boarded the vehicle when she saw three men already sitting in it. Kher said this when asked about the crime that has shaken Tricity.
“Bachi ki samajhdaari ko bhi main thoda sa kehna chahti hun… saari bachiyon ko.. ki already jab koi teen aadmi baithe hue hain uske andar… to aapko usme bethna nahi chadhnachaeye tha….I am saying this to protect the girls…..,” Kher said during a press conference here at which she was asked about the incident. Kher said that it was necessary that people should educate their boys to prevent such crimes, but at the same time, girls too should be alert and aware.
The MP said that she “really felt sad” for the victim. “Insaan vahishi banta ja raha hai… people should educate their boys. Even in the family, when the father doesn’t respect mother, that does create an impact on the kids,” said the MP.
Asked about increasing cases of eve teasing, gangrape, and other crimes, Kher said that the cases of ‘eve teasing’ have been prevalent in north India since ages and Chandigarh Police was efficiently tracking all the cases.