BJP Youth Leader in Rally against Rape Booked for Sexual Misconduct

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Ashish Goud, a youth leader of the BJP

Caravan News

HYDERABAD – Ashish Goud, a youth leader of the BJP who participated in a rally seeking justice for the deceased veterinarian rape victim in Hyderabad and her family, has been booked by the Madhapur police after a woman complained he misbehaved with her at a hotel. Goud is son of Nandeshwar Goud, a former legislator from Patancheru constituency in Telangana, reports said.

Ashish is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of the BJP. His father was part of the BJP before he joined the TDP this year.

The reports said the incident took place early on Sunday around 2 am at a hotel in Madhapur, Cyberabad. “Ashish and two of his friends misbehaved with me and my friends by catching our hands and shouting at us in vulgar language. Ashish and his friends threw glass bottles on the floor and these were about to hit us,” the police complaint filed by the 27-year-old stated.

Madhapur police filed an FIR under IPC 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), the reports said. “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,” a police official from the Madhapur police station was quoted in a report as saying.

Ashish Goud has termed the allegations false. “If there is something like that, people should come forward with proof. It’s become a habit nowadays for everyone to issue baseless complaints. We are not scared,” the report quoted him as saying.

The incident happened hours after the youth leader participated in a rally calling for hanging of the group of men accused of the gruesome rape and murder of the young veterinarian.

“This injustice (on the veterinarian) is so heartbreaking, these crimes are growing day by day. These criminals have to be hanged to death or shot to death. No more candle light marches or protests, serious action should be taken and the only solution is hanging these rapists,” read one of the posts on the Facebook page of the BJYM leader.

The cruelty on the 22-year-old veterinarian, whose charred body was found on Thursday near Shadnagar town, has triggered a nationwide outrage. However, the debate took a communal colour when it was revealed that one of the four accused was a Muslim. On Friday night, many right-wing supporters took to twitter pointing out that the accused was Muslim.

Actor Payal Rohatgi, known for her communal bias, pointedly asked if Shadnagar, where the veterinarian lived, was a Muslim-majority area, garnering over 4200 re-tweets. Her account was reported to and locked by twitter. However, a number of other accounts supported her loaded comments and began spreading the false and communally biased narrative.

However, the police rubbished the communal angle of the rape-murder of Hyderabad doctor saying that the three accused are Hindu and one is Muslim.

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