5 BJP members raped & filmed me: 24yr old Woman in Gujarat

BJP members Shantilal Solanki (L) and Chetan Thakkar (R) are among the accused. (Photo : Ahmedabad Mirror)

The Kutch BJP has taken a ‘waitand- watch’ stance after a 24- year-old woman accused five of its members of blackmail and rape. An FIR registered recently by Sangita (name changed), of Naliya taluka in Kutch, states that the BJP leaders were among the 10 people who kidnapped, blackmailed and sexually exploited her on several occasions. The party’s district leadership has said that action will be taken against these members if the accusations against them are proved.
 
 The five active BJP members who have been named in the FIR are Shantilal Solanki, Vipul Thakkar, Ashwin Thakkar, Govind and Chetan Thakkar. The accused who are local builders and real estate agents in the region allegedly forced the woman working as an escort to cater to clients with whom they wanted to strike business deals. The victim’s complaint states, “The accused raped her and recorded it. Later, they used it to blackmail and sexually exploit her.” She also alleged that the accused promised to make her an active member of BJP and even gave her an identity card for a BJP training session.
 
 Kutch BJP president Keshubhai Patel told Mirror, “The men named in the FIR are BJP members and we are checking if they were really involved in exploiting the woman. If their role is confirmed, we will ensure that they are suspended.” Apart from the five, she has also named Bharat Darji, Ketan Thakkar, Atul Thakkar and Baba Chauhan of Naliya and Vasant of Adipur as accused. The Superintendent of the Police (Kutch West) Markand Chauhan said that they have booked the accused under the IT Act and for rape, kidnapping and blackmailing.
 
 He said, “All the accused are absconding and we have made a Special Investigation Team of eight cops headed by a DySP to nab them,” he said. How she was victimized Sangita, who is a graduate, started working as a computer operator at a gas agency in Naliya in 2015 after she separated from her husband who lives in Mumbai. According to her complaint, Shantilal Solanki (50) who owns the agency once called her to his residence on pretext of giving her an advance salary. “There, he spiked my drink, leaving me partially unconscious.
 
 Three people took turns to rape me that day and they video-taped the whole incident. When I regained consciousness, they showed me the video and threatened to kill my brother and mother if I didn’t do their bidding,” she said in the FIR. She identified the other two men as Vipul Thakkar and Bharat Darji, both local businessmen. After the incident, she quit the job and tried to keep a distance from her alleged attackers. But she was allegedly convinced to take back the job by her relative Babbabhai. “He took me to Solanki’s residence and raped me once again.
 
 Again, the whole incident was videographed and used to blackmail me,” she alleges in the FIR. Sangita alleged that Atul Thakkar, the leader of the Lohana community used the rape videos to blackmail her to act as an escort to businessmen. “There are over 35 other women who are exploited similarly and used as escorts for influential people,” the FIR reads. What is the racket? According to Sangita’s complaint, there is a group of 65 builders and politicians in Naliya who lure women with promise of employment. These women are allegedly blackmailed into prostitution. The victim claimed that Atul Thakkar handled the entire operation from ‘white bungalow’.

(Syndicated content from Ahmedabad Mirror, 5 February 2017)