Last week, Hyderabad was witness to the horrific rape and murder of Priyanka Reddy — a young medical professional, who was abducted on her way home from work. This week, the whole country is demanding justice. But experts say it might be a case of too little, too late.
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On Thursday, a young woman in Hyderabad was returning home from work. Four men slashed her bike tyres near the toll plaza on the outskirts of the city.
“When the doctor returned to take her scooter at around 9.18 pm, she realised one of the tyres got punctured. The prime accused Areef then approached on the pretext of getting the scooter fixed. Another accused Jollu Shiva took her scooter, on the pretext of getting it repaired, and came back after some time and told her that all the repair shops were closed.
The police said that the accused then raped the girl who died because of accused had covered her mouth and nose while committing the crime. The accused then wrapped the dead body in a blanket and took it to Shadnagar and burnt the body.”
According to certain protestors, it was only when this story garnered nationwide outrage late last week that the state machinery swung into action.
“On Saturday night, three policemen were suspended for alleged delay in registering an FIR in the case after an inquiry following allegations levelled by the family that police had cited jurisdictional reasons and not acted on time on their complaint on the missing woman, said Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar. He further said a detailed enquiry was conducted following which a sub-inspector and two constables were suspended. All police officers have once again been instructed to register cases, irrespective of jurisdiction whenever a complaint related to cognisable offence is received in the police station, the Commissioner said.
Meanwhile, a district bar association in Telangana on Sunday decided not to represent the four accused in the case. Mattapally Srinivas, president of the Ranga Reddy Bar Association, said they had taken the decision as “a moral and social responsibility against the heinous crime committed by the accused.” ”
Meanwhile Telangana’s Chief Minister, K Chandrashekhar Rao, has instructed that this case be heard in the fast-track court — hastening the carrying out of justice.
“The Telangana chief minister also assured all necessary help to the victim’s family.
K Chandrashekhar Rao has also instructed the officials to initiate the process for setting up a fast-track court and ensure that the culprits, who raped and murdered a 26-year-old veterinary surgeon in Cyberabad, get tough punishment.
“The chief minister has instructed officials that the accused of the woman veterinary doctor’s ghastly murder should be inquired on a fast-track, and culprits should be given stringent punishment. The chief minister also decided to set up a fast-track court to deal with the case,” Telangana Chief Minister’s Office stated.
In his first public statement since the incident, Chandrashekhar Rao also described the rape and murder of the 25-year-old woman by four men as ‘ghastly’ and expressed his deep anguish.” “
So, what now?
The more things change, though, the more they stay the same. This was never more visible than on Sunday, when a BJP youth leader was booked for alleged sexual harassment — only hours after expressing his outrage over the horrific crime against Priyanka Reddy.
“Following … complaint, Madhapur police have filed an FIR under Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and Section 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
“The woman came and filed a complaint with us, following which we filed the FIR. However, the accused is absconding and we are yet to apprehend him,” said a police official from the Madhapur police station to TNM.”
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