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Raped by cop 13 years ago, victim awaits justice

Jaipur: Rajasthan Police have declared a cash reward of Rs 50,000 for any information about former DIG Madhukar Tandon who has been absconding for 13 years after being accused of raping and kidnapping a tribal woman.

The victim,Sheela Devi, has threatened to commit suicide if Tandon is not brought to justice.

“I’ll also do what Ruchika did if I do not get justice,” Sheela said.

The justice for Ruchika campaign had given hope to Sheela 13 years after was allegedly raped by her husband’s boss.

After CNN-IBN took up her case, the police had said they have renewed the hunt for her alleged rapist.

But little has moved on the ground. In fact, a cash reward of Rs 50,000 for information on Tandon has been announced only now.

“We have constituted a special team and now we have also declared this reward on him,” says ADG (Crime), Jaipur, KL Bairwa.

But nine years after Madhukar Tandon was declared a proclaimed offender declaring a cash reward on him now comes as too little too late.

The failure of the police to forfeit Tandon’s Noida and Jaipur properties also questions the seriousness of the police to act against him. Tandon even managed to sell them.

“They (Rajasthan Police) only want to show they are doing something,” said Prem Kishan Sharma, President, Rajasthan PUCL.

After the media attention on the Tandon case last month Rajasthan Police had set up a special team under the ATS to step up efforts to look for Tandon but contrary to the victim’s hopes there’s been little progress either on that front or on the demand of handing over the case to the CBI.

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