26 years old woman was raped at Tikri border: Kisan Morcha did not know about the assault, says Yogendra Yadav

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 26 year  old woman from West Bengal was allegedly raped by two men on the way to Delhi and after reaching the Tikri border while Kissan Activist Yogendra Yadav has claimed that no one in the Samyukta Kisan Morcha leadership knew about the sexual assault on the female protester at Tikri border protest site in Haryana.

She later died due to Covid-19 on April 30 at a private hospital in Delhi. On Monday, while addressing a press conference, The Samyukta Kisan Morcha pointed that it will probe the allegations that some of its leaders were aware of the reported sexual assault of a woman activist at Tikri border protest sit as Yogendra Yadav said, "However, since there are reports that two or three leaders knew about it, we are probing the matter," he said.

The victim's father, who was also present during the press conference held via video conferencing, said, "My daughter was very keen on joining the farmers' protest. But when she got sick due to a Covid-19 infection, I came to meet her. Had I known that she was assaulted, I would have come much earlier, "The father said that his daughter told his daughter's last words were 'humko insaaf chahiye' (I want justice).

Laying down the timeline of events, Yadav said the farmers' outfit came to know about the alleged assault only after the victim's father, who was also present in the press conference, came to meet them on May 2. "The father reached Delhi on April 29 and met the woman, who was in a critical condition.

She told him the details of the assault before passing away on April 30," he said. On being asked about what was being done to ensure women protesters' safety at the Tikri border site, Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) president Joginder Singh Ugrahan said, "We have put in place several measures to ensure women's safety. There are dedicated tents and we also conduct patrolling at night to ensure their safety,".

During the press conference, Yogendra Yadav objected to the registration of a case against four people apart from the two main accused in the incident. Yadav said that the victim's father had already told the police that he had not filed a case against those four. "

 

"The father filed the FIR on May 8 accusing two men. The Haryana police, however, has listed six names in the FIR, including two who were present as witnesses. We want the police to conduct an impartial investigation, but how will they build a case if they will name the witnesses as accused?" The farmer leader asked. Responding to a report that farmer leader Gurnam Singh Charuni is related to one of the accused, Yadav said the farmer's body cannot confirm it yet. "We cannot confirm whether the accused is related to Gurnam Singh. But once we know the reality, it will not be taken lightly," he added. Farmer leader Hannan Mollah said that taking note of safety concerns for women protestors, the SKM has decided to form a committee. "This incident has raised safety concerns for hundreds of our women protestors. So we have decided to form a committee as per the laws to protect the dignity of women, wherein any woman can register such complaints. And the committee will have the full support of the SKM and we will make sure the accused will be dealt with," Mollah said.

 

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