Love angle to Dalit girl’s sexual exploitation case

Patna,(BiharTimes): There seems to be a love angle to the sexual blackmail case of the Dalit girl.

While narrating the story to the media on Tuesday she said that it all started with a missed phone call from automobile businessman Nikhil Priyadarshi, the main accused, and an acquaintance of BPCC vice president Brajesh Pandey.

"I called back on seeing the missed call and the conversation started with Nikhil. I slowly fell in love with him. He promised marriage and had physical relations with me. I was a minor at that time," the girl told the media.

Nikhil, she said, later reneged on his promise of marriage and started blackmailing and sexually exploiting her further by threatening to make public a video of hers which he and his associates had made.

"Nikhil once took me to a place in the Boring Road area and gave me a soft drink. It was laced with sedatives and I went into a semi-conscious state. I was molested there. Nikhil used to threaten that he would get me killed as I was a Dalit, and he would boast of his high-profile connections," the girl said.

The victim said her trauma had turned her suicidal. Finally, she narrated her ordeal to her family and friends, who supported and encouraged her to fight for justice.

"My FIR was not lodged for three-four days despite approaching the police," the girl alleged. "It was later registered at the SC/ST police station (on December 22 last year). I also met chief minister Nitish Kumar, who assured me of action. I wrote to the Prime Minister, President and the National Commission for Women too," she continued.

She alleged that Nikhil, the son of a retired Jharkahnd cadre IAS officer, used to run a high-profile sex racket.

On the other hand Congress leader Brajesh Pandey, who resigned even though he has claimed innocence, maintained that he was being framed under a political conspiracy.

"The victim never took my name in the FIR or her statements recorded under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code in front of a judicial magistrate, but has taken my name after a month on somebody's incitement to harass and torture me," Brajesh wrote in the resignation letter. "I am a true sepoy of the Congress...and have always worked for its progress. I don't want the party to fall into any harm due to me. Hence I am resigning from the post of BPCC (Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee) vice president."

The girl, as reported, comes from a politically influential Dalit family of Patna and her father was a former Congress minister.


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