Woman Moves Supreme Court Against Pema Khandu In Rape Case

A file photo of Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu
A file photo of Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu

New Delhi, March 13, 2019

A woman from Arunachal Pradesh, who has accused the Chief Minister Pema Khandu of raping her in 2008, moved the Supreme Court on March 13th, 2019 seeking “justice and police protection”.

Talking to the media persons, the advocate said, “A writ has been filed seeking police protection to the victim and permission to address the grievances at any other high court of the country as she has life threats in Northeast. According to the woman, she did not receive any support either from court or police.”

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The woman alleged that the CM Pema Khandu along with his three colleagues had allegedly raped her at the circuit house in Tawang in 2008.

The victim had filed the plea in the NCW on February 15th, 2018. Her appeal to the National Women’s Commission (NCW) for its intervention in the case was dismissed on the basis of a lower court judgment on February 20th, 2018. The case was filed in 2015 when Khandu was in Congress which was rejected by the Court of Chief Magistrate in 2016 in Yupia which dismissed the case as “devoid of any merit”.

Later, Pema Khandu had termed the rape allegations made against him as “false” and “politically motivated”.

The victim’s move to the Supreme Court is considered as a big blow on the face of Arunachal Pradesh BJP just ahead of the 17th Lok Sabha election.