Oasis was finally booked in the Vadodara alleged gangrape-suicide case

Highlights:

  • The information was withheld by those responsible for the Oasis despite reports of serious incidents
  • Complaint against Managing Trustee Preeti Shah Trustee Sanjeev Shah and Employee Vaishnavi Taparia
  • On November 4, a young woman from Navsari was found dead in a train at Valsad railway station

Vadodara: Two trustees and a mentor working at the Vadodara-based OASIS have been charged by the crime branch with trying to cover up the alleged gang-rape of an 18-year-old girl who later committed suicide on a train at Valsad. The accused were aware of the alleged sexual abuse but did not inform the police or the girl’s parents, police said.

Crime Branch officials said the girl’s life could have been saved if the organization’s management had taken proactive action and informed the police. “We have registered a case against managing trustee Preeti Shah, trustee Sanjeev Shah and employee Vaishnavi Taparia under sections 114, 176 and 202 of the IPC,” police said. All three will be questioned soon and action will be taken against them.

The investigation revealed that the girl had been doing courses for the last two years in addition to working as a store manager at the institute. The girl informed the trustees of the institute and other girls after she was allegedly raped at the Vaccine Institute grounds, a crime branch official said. If they had informed the police, we would have been able to gather evidence and apprehend the accused. Also, the trustees did not cooperate when the investigation began and were reluctant to present documentary evidence.
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Following the girl’s suicide, several complaints were lodged against the organization, following which city police commissioner Shamsher Singh ordered an inquiry against OASIS. The girl’s mother also blamed OASIS for her daughter’s death and demanded action against the management. The girl, originally from Navsari, was found dead in a Gujarat Queen Express train at Valsad railway station on November 4.

During the investigation, police found a diary in her bag in which she wrote that she was sexually abused by two auto-drivers on October 29 at the Vaccine Institute ground in Vadodara. Police launched an investigation into the case and launched a search to find the culprits. But despite interrogating hundreds of auto drivers and scanning CCTV footage, police have yet to find any clues to the culprit.

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