Haryana gang-rape: The 20 -year-old college student was on her way to a coaching centre when she was allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped.
- Woman allegedly raped till she fell unconscious, dumped at bus stand
- Second-year student was on her way to coaching centre near her village
- Three men allegedly kidnapped her and dragged her to a field
A 20-year-old woman, who once topped the 10th standard Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) board examination from Haryana’s Rewari district, was allegedly abducted and gangraped in Kanina by at least three men while she was on her way to a coaching centre, also in Kanina, the police and her family said on Friday.
Police in Mahendragarh district, neighbouring Rewari, said they had formed a special investigation team (SIT) and launched a hunt for the alleged rapists. Kanina (Mahendragarh) deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Vinod Kumar is heading the team.
The second-year student was on her way to a coaching centre near her village when three young men, who came in a car, allegedly kidnapped her and dragged her to a field, where they raped her.
On Friday evening, the state women’s commission chairperson Pratibha Suman visited the victim at the Rewari civil hospital and said the panel had asked the police to provide security to family members of the woman.
“I have personally talked with the victim; she is stable now. Being chairperson, I have asked the police to send proper investigation reports to the commission. The commission will also look into the facts and findings of the police and if anyone is found guilty, the commission will recommend action,” she said.
The woman’s father said he had left the victim at a bus stand on Wednesday, from where she was to catch a bus to Kanina where she was attending lessons for a railway examination.
According to the police complaint, she was accosted by the three men, who are from the same village, who started asking her about the coaching centre.
As she talked to them, the men offered her water which she drank and fell unconscious, according to the complaint.
The three then took her in a car to an agriculture field in Kanina where they raped her, said the complaint, which also alleged that they called some other men who took turns to rape her.
“When my daughter told me about the incident, I took her to the superintendent of police’s office, but it was evening by then, and the SP was not at the office. We took her to women’s police station, where we lodged a complaint. The police registered a Zero FIR (first information report) on the matter,” the victim’s father said.
“My daughter was rewarded by Modi ji after she topped the CBSE board exams. Modi ji says ‘beti padho, beti bacho‘, but how? I want justice for my daughter. Police have taken no action yet,” the woman’s mother told news agency ANI.
A police officer, however, claimed a “zero FIR” was filed against the accused based on the woman’s complaint. A zero FIR is filed in a police station which is not in charge of the area where the crime took place, and can be transferred to the relevant police station.
The police said the zero FIR was converted into a regular FIR this morning after it was successfully transferred to the police station under whose area of watch the crime took place.
Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar said the “guilty will be punished”. “Law will take its own course,” he said.
Now we are under fear and our request to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar is to ask the police to arrest the accused soon,” the victim’s mother said.
Mahendragarh SP Vinod Kumar (who shares his name with the Kanina DSP) said none of the rapists had been arrested so far.
“We have formed Special Investigation Team to investigate and arrest the accused. We got important clues about the whereabouts of the accused and the teams will nab them soon.” He said the police will record the victim’s statement once her condition improves. “We have also sent (her) blood samples to know about the drug the accused used.”