Ajmer 92: The scandal where 250 girls were raped and blackmailed by caretakers of Ajmer Dargah, involved Congress leader

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Ajmer 92:  Renowned film critic Taran Adarsh announced on Twitter the release date for the highly anticipated movie ‘Ajmer 92.’ Produced by Reliance Entertainment in partnership with U&K Films Entertainment, Sumit Motion Pictures, and Little Crew Pictures, this impactful film will hit theaters on July 14, 2023.

Ajmer 92 is based on a true story and portrays the heartbreaking journey of around 250 girls who were trapped, sexually exploited, and blackmailed by the caretakers of Ajmer Dargah. These caretakers included influential men from the area and Congress leaders in Ajmer, Rajasthan, in 1992.

The film features a talented cast including Karan Verma, Sumit Singh, Sayaji Shinde, Manoj Joshi, Shalini Kapoor Sagar, Brijendra Kalra, and Zarina Wahab.

Unveiling the Shocking Reality: ‘Ajmer 92’ Exposes India’s Massive Rape Scandal

Film producer Sushil Sachdeva sheds light on the movie’s purpose, stating, “Our aim with this film is to bring awareness to the nation about the harrowing experiences endured by young college girls. We want to present the truth to the public.” ‘Ajmer 92’ delves into one of India’s most significant rape scandals, where influential individuals with political connections blackmailed and subjected hundreds of girls to violent acts of rape. Disturbingly, many of these victims hailed from privileged backgrounds, being the daughters of esteemed IAS and IPS personnel. Shockingly, justice eluded the perpetrators, leaving the nation shaken to its core.

The Ajmer scandal stands out amidst the prevalent cases of rape, gang rape, and exploitation in our country due to its unprecedented scale and audacious impunity.

Unveiling the Ajmer Rape and Blackmail Scandal of 1992: A Shocking Betrayal of Trust

In 1992, a shocking truth came to light in Ajmer, Rajasthan. It was discovered that more than 250 young girls had experienced sexual assault and coercion. The distressing details of this scandal emerged after a local newspaper called ‘Navjyoti‘ published explicit photos and a story revealing the coercion of schoolgirls by local gangs.

It all began with a man named Farooq Chishti, who targeted and sexually assaulted a female student from Sophia Senior Secondary School. He took explicit photos of the underage girl and used threats to make her introduce him to other girls. Tragically, these girls were then raped and blackmailed. Farooq Chishti held a position of power as the president of the Ajmer Youth Congress, while two others, Nafis Chishti and Anwar Chishti, who were also involved, held positions in the city Congress unit.

Numerous girls fell victim to Farooq Chishti and his gang, which included influential men with political connections. As the main culprits were associated with the Khadims, the religious caretakers of the Ajmer Dargah, and held power and political influence, the police suppressed the matter. Reports indicate that many victims sadly took their own lives over the years.

The gang continued their reign of terror, causing more pain and suffering. All the targeted girls were between the ages of 11 and 20. When the scandal was exposed, the police initially delayed the case due to political pressure. However, protests quickly spread, forcing the police to eventually arrest several individuals involved. After years of investigation, eight of the accused, including Farooq Chishti, were found guilty.

The editor of Navjyoti, Deenbandhu Chaudhary, revealed that the local authorities were aware of the scandal nearly a year before it became public, but they allowed local politicians to obstruct the investigation. Chaudhary himself hesitated before publishing the story due to the influential status of the perpetrators from Khadim families. The Khadims are the traditional caretakers of the Ajmer Dargah, claiming ancestry from the early followers of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisty and holding significant influence in the local communities. The police halted the case, fearing that taking action against the accused would provoke communal tensions, as warned by the politicians. Eventually, Chaudhary and his team decided to proceed with the story as the only way to push the local administration into action. Finally, the police filed a First Information Report (FIR) against eight of the accused. Further investigations resulted in charges against a total of 18 men, intensifying tensions in the town for several days. Most of the accused were Muslims, many from Khadim families, while most of the victims were young Hindu girls.

What followed was a disturbing tale of political influence and administrative incompetence. There are speculations that the matter was suppressed to such an extent that witnesses and victims turned hostile, and important details were buried. Witnesses and victims were threatened and blackmailed to prevent them from coming forward. Some became hostile due to the social stigma surrounding the case. This scandal has often been compared to the infamous Rotherham Child Sexual Exploitation Scandal.

The social stigma associated with the incident persisted for years. Even after the exposure, people in the area would ask prospective brides if they were among “those victims,” reflecting the deep-rooted prejudices and biases in the community.

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