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Meghwal, 42, is the only member from Rajasthan in Narendra Modi's council of ministers. He is the Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers. He was named in an FIR filed in 2011 by a woman who alleged that her husband repeatedly drugged her and then allowed his friends, among them Meghwal, to rape her. Rajasthan Police had, in 2012, closed the case saying the charges were false and fabricated. The woman had then approached a district court which, too, dismissed the charges. She filed a review petition, following which additional district judge issued notices to Meghwal and 17 others in this case last week, asking them to respond by August 20. Congress women workers today staged a protest outside BJP headquarters here demanding immediate resignation of Union Minister Nihalchand Meghwal whose name has cropped up in a rape case. The protesters led by Shobha Oza, President of All India Congress Mahila Morcha, reached BJP Headquarters at 11, Ashoka Road around noon and raised anti-BJP slogans. They were also carrying placards demanding Meghwal's resignation. "This shows BJP's dual face. When there are rape cases in Uttar Pradesh, they demand President's rule but when crimes happen in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, they keep quiet," said Oza. "If rape cases are normal for BJP, then what kind of security have they promised for women? Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised zero tolerance for crime against women, in the parliament. So we want to ask him if this is zero tolerance?" The protesters also claimed that the victim was being pressurised and demanded security for her. "The victim has said that she is being forced to take back the case. Ministers and goons are trying to pressurise the victim. Minister (Meghwal) is using his power and position to threaten the woman. We do not see any justice for the victim. We demand immediate resignation of Nihal Chand and security to the survivor," said Oza. The demonstrators tried to breach the police barricade and burnt Meghwal's effigy. Onika Mehrotra, president of Delhi Pradesh Mahila Congress who was also at the protest, said, "We have been very vocal about our demand. Then why aren't they taking any action? Modi was the one to say 'bahut hua mahilao par attyachar, ab ki baar Modi sarkar' but where has the crime ended?" Cornered by the media and despite protests being staged out the BJP's HQ in New Delhi, the Minister of State Nihalchand Meghwal continues to stay adamant, asks the media why should he step down as a Central Minister after trouble compounded for Modi's minister with the alleged victim and her family coming out and making fresh charges and some sensational revelations. The vicitm while speaking to Times Now not only implied that Nihalchand was trying his best to armtwist her and her family into silence but also added that she was being offered money and lucrative posts in lieu of dropping charges against him... The victim further alleged threat to her life and sought protection. When TIMES NOW tracked down the leader and tried to question him over the alleged case of rape of a woman for which he has been summoned to court, he evaded the cameras and did not answer any questions.In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelists -- Ranjana Kumari, Director, Centre for Social Research; Malvika Rajkotia, Senior Advocate; GVL Narasimha Rao, Member, Electoral Reforms Committee, BJP; Prem Shukla, Executive Editor, Dopahar ka Saamna; Priyanka Chaturvedi, Spokesperson, Congress; Shobhaa De, Author & Columnist -- discuss whether the Centre can afford to look the other way in the Nihalchand case.
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