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With Bihar MLA in jail, rape victim takes Class 10 exam

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Patna, March 12 (IANS) A day after ruling RJD legislator Raj Ballabh Yadav, accused of raping a schoolgirl, surrendered in a court and was sent to judicial custody in Bihar, the rape victim on Friday sat for Class 10 examination amid tight security, police said.

Putting an end to speculations whether the victim would appear for the examination or not, her father said she has taken the exam. “Finally, my girl has taken examination after the accused legislator was put behind bars,” he said.

According to him, the family decided on Thursday that she should take the Class 10 examination after the Nalanda district administration, taking into account the family trauma and its fear for her life and limb, changed her examination centre to a nearby place.

With ruling Rashtriya Janata Dal MLA Raj Ballabh Yadav, the rape accused who was on the run for last one month, surrendering and the Biharsharief civil court in Nalanda district sending him to judicial custody, the girl and her family have felt relieved.

Earlier, with her attacker on the loose, the family feared for her life.

Yadav, who represents Nawada constituency in the Bihar assembly, is known for his muscle and money power.

He is accused of raping the school-going girl in Biharsharief on February 6.

Yadav was absconding for many days after the victim filed a police complaint and while on the run, he was petitioning courts to get anticipatory bail.

Last week, a lower court rejected his anticipatory bail plea. Four of his accomplices have been arrested.

Earlier, the legislator’s two houses, one each in Nawada and Patna, were attached in compliance with an order of the court.

Yadav’s 13 bank accounts have been sealed. Police also said it has started the process of auctioning his plots at different places.

The authorities also suspended the licences of three firearms Yadav possessed.

According to the police complaint, a woman named Sulekha Devi, took the girl to an undisclosed location in Nalanda and forced her to have liquor, after which she was raped by a man, later identified as Yadav.

After she was raped, the girl said the woman gave her Rs.30,000.

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