The Surat police on Friday pasted a notice outside the house of a complainant in a rape case, identifying her and asking her to appear before the police with her father, The Indian Express reported on Sunday.
The 21-year-old woman had accused vice president of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Gujarat unit, Jayanti Bhanushali, of raping her multiple times since November after making false promises of securing admission for her in a reputed fashion designing college. Bhanushali denied the allegations and resigned from his post on Friday.
The police said a letter written in Gujarati and signed by Kapodara Inspector RL Dave was pasted outside the complainant’s house after they failed to locate her despite several attempts. “We managed to get the woman’s uncle’s mobile number, but it was switched off,” Dave said.
“This is to inform you that your application has reached the Deputy Commissioner of Police Zone 1 office, on July 12,” the notice read. “Your application is against Jayantibhai Purshottambhai Bhanushali. Following the application, you and your daughter should remain present before Kapodara police [to provide] statements, or contact on mobile number of police.” The notice also mentions the father’s mobile number.
Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma said the notice was put up “with an intention of sending a message to her that she should register her statements before Kapodara police”. Sharma claimed the police were just “following the rules” and trying to locate the woman.
Sharma said the complainant did not submit her application accusing Bhanushali in person. “A male person submitted it at the receiving centre of police,” he said. “We checked our CCTV cameras.”