Muzaffarnagar: A rape survivor has alleged that the Special Investigation Cell mandated to probe the Muzaffarnagar riots had offered her bribe to take back the case. One year after the Muzaffarnagar riots, CNN-IBN revisited ground zero.
"Investigating Officer Mala Yadav took me to the Malakpura camp and asked me to compromise," the survivor claimed. A year later, only one of the three accused has been arrested and the survivor is being offered money to close the case.
"They said go for a compromise, we will get you some money from them. But I did not want to go for it. I will fight for it. If they ask me to go to the court for it I will go there too," the survivor said.
The senior-most police officer in the district, the SSP of Muzaffarnagar, simply refused to answer CNN-IBN's questions.
It was late evening on September 7, 2013, and she was alone in her house. Her husband had gone somewhere. As the tension increased and the villagers started running away, she too began to flee when she was overpowered and raped by three men in the fields. Even a year later, justice seems to be nowhere close to her.
So far in the six registered cases of sexual assault that took place during the riots, only three accused have been arrested while 22 other accused are absconding. The administration insisting they're doing their best.
But the survivor has lost all faith in the system. She has alleged a nexus between the police and the accused. "I am certain they are in touch. The accused and the police are hand in gloves," she alleged.
A special cell of 53 officers from outside Muzaffarnagar was formed to prevent biased investigations. But sadly, the victims of Muzaffarnagar are struggling to get justice.