A delegation of BJP’s State Women Cell has met Governor Draupadi Murmu to demand an action against incumbent Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, who has been accused of raping a Mumbai-based model. The delegation has submitted a memorandum to the Governor, seeking her intervention in the matter.
After the meeting, BJP Mahila Morcha chief Arti Kujur said, “It is sad that the chief minister of a state is facing a rape charge”. The allegation was levelled against him in 2013 when he was serving as the Jharkhand chief minister in his previous term.
Prima facie, the chief minister may have used his position, power and clout to suppress the case, the delegation to the governor said. The alleged victim withdrew the complaint.
Kujur said that since the matter was between two states, only a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe could take the case to a logical end. “Jharkhand CM Soren should step down on morale grounds; and a security cover must be provided to the Mumbai-based model, the mahila morcha chief said.
The national commission for women (NCW) has sought a detailed action taken report (ACT) from Maharashtra director general of police (DGP) in an alleged rape complaint filed against Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren in Mumbai in 2013.
The complainant reportedly withdrew the case within days of its filing.
A press note from the commission issued on 17 December said, “It has come across a media report regarding a Mumbai-based model who alleged that she was not only raped by Hemant Soren and Suresh Nagre in 2013 but she and her family were constantly threatened against speaking about the alleged incident in public.”
NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma has asked the DGP to send the report at the earliest, the statement said.
The commission noted that a viral letter, reportedly written by the victim, contained details of incidents that had occurred in the last seven years.
The issue was first highlighted by BJP’s Godda parliamentarian Nishi Kant Dubey in July this year.