In a chilling reminder of Kathua gang-rape, a mother of two was sexually assaulted at least five people inside her house in Uttar Pradesh before her tormentors burnt her alive in a nearby temple.
According to reports, the victim was sleeping inside her house in Sambhal district when a group of men barged inside her house in the early hours of Saturday morning and took turn in raping her.
In his police complaint, the 35-year-old victim’s husband, who works in Ghaziabad, said that his wife made desperate attempts to reach him and her cousin, but she was unsuccessful. The alleged rapists, identified as Aram Singh, Mahaveer, Charan Singh, Gullu and Kumarpal, left the victim after gang-raping her. Traumatised by what happened to her, she tried to speak to her husband and cousin, who she finally managed to share her woes.
“But before my wife’s cousin could inform the police and other family members, the men came again and dragged my wife out and took her to a nearby temple where they torched her at the yagyashala,” News18 quoted her husband as saying.
The woman in desperation even called the emergency number 100, but it went unanswered.
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“All the five accused barged into my house finding my wife alone around 2:30 am on Saturday. They took turns to rape her. It was raining heavily and only a kerosene lamp was lit in the room at that time. After the incident, my wife narrated the whole incident to her cousin since my phone and her brother’s phone could not be reached. Before my wife’s cousin could inform the police and other family members, the accused came again and dragged my wife out and took her to a nearby temple where they torched her at the yagyashala,” the deceased’s husband was quoted by Times of India.
“Two teams , surveillance and crime, have been tasked to arrest the accused, who are still at large. We are conducting raids at possible whereabouts,” circle officer Aqil Ahmed was quoted by news agency ANI.
Rajpura station house officer Arun Kumar said that they had registered an FIR under IPC’s sections 376D (gang rape), 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence), 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) against five accused.
Kumar said that all five accused were from the same village and had been been troubling the woman for a few months.
“We have secured the audio clip of the last call made by the woman to her cousin on his mobile number in which she mentioned the names of the five accused who had barged into her house and raped her. This is indeed very crucial evidence for us. After lodging an FIR against the accused, two teams have been tasked to nab them. We are very close to arresting them,”Times of India further quoted ADG Prem Prakash.