Chhattisgarh home minister Ramsewak Paikras’ nephew accused of raping minor; complaint lodged
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Chhattisgarh home minister’s nephew accused of raping minor; complaint lodged

Korba, Chhatisgarh: A 21-year-old woman has allegedly accused Chhattisgarh home minister Ramsewak Paikras’ nephew of raping her in Surajpur in 2014, the police said.

The woman who claims to be the mother of Shamodh Paikra’s 30-month-old child, said in her complaint that he has gone back on his promise to marry her after she became pregnant, a police official said.

“Based on her complaint, an FIR has been registered against Shamodh Paikra (24) under Section 376 (punishment for rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Chendra police station on 6th  July,” Surajpur superintendent of police Girijashankar Jaiswal said.

He further informed that the accused was yet to be arrested and a probe is underway. The woman claimed that she was a minor at the time of the incident, the officer said quoting from the complaint.

Her claim of being a minor is also under investigation. “Relevant sections will be added (against the accused) if needed,” the SP added.

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Shamodh had befriended her and allegedly sexually exploited her several times on the pretext of getting married to her, he said. The official said Shamodh allegedly went back on his promise of marrying her after the complainant became pregnant. “However, the victim decided to deliver the baby who according to her is now two and a half years old,” he said.

The woman stated that she subsequently approached the police but no action was taken against the accused, he said. The official said investigations are going on to ascertain the woman’s claims.

Paikra did not respond to the calls and messages for his comments on the issue. Incidentally, Paikra was once caught in a huge controversy, saying, “Rape happens by mistake”.

Talking to the media in 2014 following the rape and murder of two cousins in Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun, Paikra had said that “nobody commits rape on purpose”, but it happens “by mistake (dhoke se)”.

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