Itanagar, March 15, 2019
The Supreme Court on March 15th, 2019 refused to interfere in the petition filed by the woman who accused Chief Minister Pema Khandu of raping her in 2008. A bench comprising of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said they cannot interfere in an incident which happened way back in the year 2008.
After the decision, the bench asked the woman to approach the high court for redressal of her grievances and police for protection. In her petition, she had mentioned that Khandu raped her along four other men when she was 15-years-old.
She was engaged then in a Public Call Office in the state when a man lured her into meeting some people on the pretext of helping her get a government job. At the meeting, the victim said she was offered drinks laced with sedatives. While she was unconscious, the men raped her.
It may be mentioned that the woman approached the apex court after the Chief Judicial Magistrate and police allegedly refused to register a complaint against the three accused, including CM Pema Khandu.
The woman had also submitted a detailed report to the National Commission of Women in March 2018.