Commenting on the Meerut gang rape case, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agarwal today said the victim herself gave an application in court to change her religion, but now she is levelling allegations. Agarwal said that the probe should be concluded first and the media should be more responsible in reporting the facts truly. Agarwal said, "I think we should wait for investigations, even in Badaun case we saw how the case changed direction."
He added that there was a conspiracy to defame the Uttar Pradesh government, initiated by the central government and carried out by the BJP. The Superintendent of Police (SP), Rural Area, M M Baig also sought to assure today that a thorough investigation is going on in the Meerut gang rape case. Baig told ANI, "The FIR was filed on August 3 in which four persons were named. Out of four, three were arrested on the same day itself and sent to jail."
Meanwhile, JD (U) leader K C Tyagi demanded a CBI inquiry into this incident calling it a very worrying issue. Rajendra Agarwal of the BJP also said, "We want UP government to act swiftly. Not a Hindu-Muslim issue, trafficking must be probed." Congress' Shobha Oza demanded action against the guilty, "Strict action should be taken against the culprits, guilty should be severely punished." A 20-year-old teacher of Hindi and English in the Sarawa village madrasa in Kharkhauda had claimed that she was gang- raped and forced to adopt the religion of a particular community and to change her name. The woman reportedly managed to escape from the kidnappers on August 2. Afterwards, she contacted her family who rescued her. A complaint was also filed later with the police.