Nihalchand and 16 others were named in an FIR lodged by a 24-year-old married woman from Jaipur. In the FIR filed in 2011, she alleged that the accused had sexually exploited her.

A Rajasthan court has asked Nihalchand, MP from Ganganagar constituency, and other to appear before it on August 20 in connection with the rape case.

Congress protest at BJP headquarters

Congress workers on Wednesday protested outside BJP headquarters in New Delhi questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence over the issue.

Congress workers also demanded removal of Nihalchand from the Union Cabinet.

“Despite Modi giving speeches on the safety of women, Nihal Chand is yet to be sacked,” Congress leader Shobha Oza had said earlier.

Victim seeks appointment with PM

Meanwhile, the victim has said that she will try to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and request him to remove Nihalchand immediately from his Cabinet.

She also alleged that she is getting threat calls for withdrawing the case.

"They are offering money and a job for withdrawing the case. I want to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and for this I request the police to give me an opportunity to meet him,” the victim said.

NCW to seek Nihalchand's dismissal

The National Commission for Women (NCW) has said it will write to the Prime Minister demanding dismissal of Nihalchand after his name cropped up in a rape case.

"This is really unacceptable. Even when a minister commits a heinous crime like rape, the punishment meted out to him should be the same as that for a commoner. I will write to the Prime Minister and seek action against the minister.... The minister must be immediately dismissed from government," NCW chairperson Mamta Sharma said.


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