#longthread #ajmer1992 #impotent
The below story talks about the biggest RAPE/SEX Scandal case of India which you and your parents might not know about as it was never supposed to come out.If you understand the seriousness of it, do share among your circle and let everyone know what happened in 1992 Ajmer. #rape
Ajmer gangrape and blackmail case was a toxic mix of political patronage, religious reach, impunity, and small-town glamour. Thirty years on, closure still seems far.
#ajmer #rape #ajmer1992
Everyone in Ajmer knew who the accused were — the famous Chishty duo, Farooq and Nafis, who belonged to the extended family associated with the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, and their gang of pals.
#AjmerSharifDargah #farooq #nafis
These men had trapped scores of young school-going girls with threats and blackmail for months and gangraped them. A photo colour lab printed the nude photographs of the women and helped circulate them.
#rape #Scandal
When the story broke, religious tensions rose in Ajmer and the city even shut down. But not many knew who the women were and where they disappeared after their cases exploded in public debate.
The local media called the women “IAS-IPS ki betiyan (daughters of IAS and IPS officers)” but they were no elites. Many came from modest, middle-class families of government employees, among whom several left Ajmer in the wake of the uproar.
#Ajmer #Rape
The police records mention the rape survivors’first names and vague government colony addresses from which they moved out long ago. School students back then, the gangrape survivors have since moved to different cities with their partners and children and grandchildren
Acc to the police and women-focused NGOs, it was difficult to build a case against the perpetrators, as most victims were reluctant to come forward.However, the photographs and videos that were used to blackmail the victims helped identify the accused and build the case agst them
“The accused were in a position of influence, both socially and financially, and that made it even more difficult to persuade the girls to come forward and depose,“says retired Rajasthan D.G.P. Omendar Bhardwaj, who was then posted as the deputy inspector general of police, Ajmer
Since the trial began in September 1992, the police have filed six charge sheets, naming 18 accused and more than 145 witnesses. The case has spanned 12 public prosecutors, over 30 SHOs, dozens of SPs, DIGs, DGPs, and five changes of government in Rajasthan.
The Ajmer police always suspected that more than 100 teens were exploited but only 17 victims recorded their statements during the primary investigation. Most of them eventually turned hostile.
#AjmerRape #AjmerRape1992
Whether it was a “great crime story” or not, court documents and the statements of those associated with the case paint a sordid picture of the baiting, sexual exploitation, and blackmail that unfolded behind the gates of bungalow, a farmhouse, and a poultry farm in early ’90s.
Since 1992, the Ajmer rape case has followed a convoluted and lengthy legal trajectory, with several different trials, appeals, and some acquittals.
Eighteen people were named as the accused overall, out of which one died by suicide in 1994.
The first eight suspects to go to trial were sentenced to life in prison by the district sessions court in 1998, but the Rajasthan HC acquitted 4 in 2001 and the Supreme Court reduced the sentences of the rest to ten years in 2003.
Currently, six of the accused — Nafis Chishty, Iqbal Bhat, Saleem Chishty, Sayed Jamir Hussain, Naseem aka Tarzan, and Suhail Ghani — are undergoing trial in POCSO court, but they are all out on bail.
One more suspect, Almas Maharaj, was never caught and is believed to be living in the US. An arrest warrant and red corner notice have been issued against him.
In 2004, the Supreme Court dismissed both appeals filed by the state, as well as the convicts. A bench comprising Justice N Santosh Hegde and Justice BP Singh said “having regard to the facts and circumstances of the case, ....
...we are of the view that the ends of justice would be met if the sentence is reduced to ten years rigorous imprisonment.

In 2007, a fast-track court in Ajmer convicted Farooq Chishti, but in 2013 Rajasthan High Court deemed he had served ‘enough’ time and he was released.
30 years on, the infamous 1992 Ajmer gang rape case in an open wound even today, resisting cure or closer for the survivors and a slap in the face of judiciary.

#justice #SupremeCourtOfIndia #AjmerRape1992

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