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Politics on Gudiya rape-murder: Victim’s mother writes to Himachal’s Chief Justice

The Newz Radar, Dharamshala

Even as politics on brutal Gudiya rape and murder in Kotkhai area of Shimla district is heating up, the 16-year-old girl’s mother on Monday wrote to Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh to issue directions for stopping such political debates.

The victim’s mother, in her letter, had stated that as the case was still pending with the court, such statements shouldn’t be made in the case.

“As the elections were nearing in Himachal, Gudiya rape case has become a bone of contention among political parties and it is being turned into a poll issue which is immoral. We are still awaiting justice in the rape case and even, the deceased’s soul would be dissatisfied over such politics,” she stated in her letter.

She urged the Chief Justice to issue directions to stop such politics on the issue and called for strict action against those who are indulging in such discussions.

Gudiya, a class 10 student, had gone missing while returning from school on 4 July 2017 in Kotkhai area of Shimla district and her body was found in forest on 6 July with multiple injuries.

The incident had led to wide public outrage, forcing the state government to constitute a SIT which had arrested six persons, Ashish Chauhan, Rajender Singh alias Raju, Deepak, Subhash Singh Bisht, Suraj and Lokjan on July 12 and 13.

The cops had allegedly tortured the accused to confess that they were involved in rape and murder which resulted in the death of Suraj on the intervening night of July 18-19.

The case was then transferred to CBI by HP High Court and the investigating agency had arrested Nilu on April 15, 2018. Nilu was sentenced to life after a district court order on June 18, 2021.

Eight members of Special Investigation Team (SIT) were also arrested for the custodial death of Suraj for which trial is going on in a CBI Court at Chandigarh.

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