Woman, minor gangraped by armed robbers on Delhi-Kanpur highway


Two women members of a family, including a minor, were allegedly raped by a gang of bandits near Dostpur village on Delhi-Kanpur highway, police said on Sunday.

A family was on its way from Noida to Shahjahanpur when they were waylaid by bandits after their car was hit by a blunt object. They dragged the women, including a 13-year-old girl, to a nearby field and raped them while the men were tied with ropes, SSP Vaibhav Krishna said.

A report in Indian Express said that a Noida-based private sector employee, his wife, two daughters and two other male relatives were on their way to attend a funeral in Shahjahanpur, when their vehicle was stopped near Dostpur village on NH-91 at around 2:30 am. The family told the police that the road had been blocked with an “iron rod”, due to which they were forced to stop the vehicle.

As soon as they stopped the vehicle, about half-a-dozen armed dacoits reportedly surrounded them. According to the FIR, the dacoits forced the family to walk into the thickets, about 50 metres from the highway, and looted their cash, jewellery, ATM cards and other valuables.

They were also looted of their cash, jewellery and mobile phones, he said.

One of the family members, who managed to untie the ropes, reported the matter to police, Krishna said.

An FIR under relevant sections of the IPC was lodged against five accused, he said.

SHO Ramsen of Kotwali Dehat was relieved from the charge of the case and attached with Police Lines here after police reported his negligence in the case, the SSP said.

Three police teams have been formed to nab the culprits, he added.

The latest incident comes just days after a 14-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh by two youths for six months.

The family members of the girl came to know about the incident when she became pregnant, SP Manoj Jha said, adding, an FIR has been registered against the accused and efforts are on to nab them.