A 48-year-old Dalit woman residing next to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's ancestral home in Jait village of Sehore district was allegedly raped in her hutment in the night of December 25. State Congress leaders allege that the woman rushed to the police outpost guarding Chouhan's ancestral home but was turned away. She had then gone pleading door-to-door for police help, but even the village panchayat refused to listen to her pleas, according to them.

"This woman is CM's neighbour and a victim of rape. But even living so close to the CM's home did not assure police action,'' alleged Congress media-cell chief Manak Agarwal. Agarwal claimed that it was only fifteen days later on January 10 that the police finally registered an FIR, after state Congress leaders sent by PCC chief Kantilal Bhuria accompanied the victim to the local Shahgunj police station, some 18 kms away. According to former Congress MLA from Bhopal PC Sharma who went to the village to pursue the case, the woman was being raped for a second time. "Last year she was raped by a 27-year-old youth from the same village, a man called Vimalesh Chouhan, who is known to the CM's family,'' Sharma alleged."That time, the police had refused to register a complaint. The victim told us this was because the accused was the son of the CM's brother's friend.'' The government, however, says the alleged rapist has been jailed. The police registered an FIR and, thereafter, a case against the accused Dhanraj Daroi, under sections 376, 456, 450 and 506 of the IPC. The accused was arrested and produced before the court and remanded to jail custody,'' a government statement said.