Mumbai: Two officials of the Sirohi Municipal Council in Rajasthan have been booked for the alleged gangrape of around 20 women on the pretext of offering Anganwadi jobs. One of the women told police the accused, Mahendra Mewada and Mahendra Choudhary, sexually assaulted victims after offering them food laced with sedatives. They also allegedly filmed the act and blackmailed victims
The woman has also alleged that the accused filmed the act and blackmailed them demanding Rs 5 Lakh from each of the women threatening to share the footage on social media.
The issue was brought to light after the woman approached the police, stating that Sirohi Municipal Council chairperson Mahendra Mevada and municipal council commissioner Mahendra Choudhary had enticed her and approximately 20 other women with job prospects. According to a report in The Times of India, she said in her complaint that she and other women arrived in Sirohi many months ago to work in Anganwadi and met the accused, who provided them with shelter and meals.
She claimed that the accused laced the food served to the women with sedatives and that the males sexually attacked the women after they ate the sedated meal, according to the Times of India article. A gang-rape case has been filed against Mahendra Mevada, head of the Sirohi Municipal Council in Rajasthan, and Mahendra Choudhary, former municipal council commissioner.
They have been charged with gang-raping over 20 women while claiming to provide jobs in Anganwadi. According to the Times of India, the event came to light after a woman from Pali district approached the police and claimed that the accused had enticed her and around 20 other women with work chances. After recovering consciousness, she claimed, the women approached the accused, who acknowledged to lying to them for personal gain and reportedly forcing the women into physical relationships with them.
Paras Choudhary, Deputy Superintendent of Police, stated that the woman had previously made a fraudulent report. However, after eight women filed a plea in the Rajasthan High Court, the court has now ordered that a case be registered in the incident, according to an India Today story. The police stated that a FIR was filed in the case under numerous IPC sections, including 376D (gang rape). Meanwhile, DIG (Pali) Om Prakash stated that a complaint had been recorded and that a deputy SP (DSP) is investigating the situation. Investigate further.