In another deplorable act of rape, a Dalit woman (20) was allegedly raped at the gunpoint and filmed by two men named Abdul and Naved, in the Kotwali area of Rampur district of Uttar Pradesh.
Police had arrested the main accused, Abdul, and sent him to the jail on Wednesday, while the other accused, Naved remains absconding. Rampur Superintendent of Police Ajay Pal Sharma told TOI, “The crime took place on September 12, but it was reported on Tuesday evening. Abdul was arrested from Topkhana Gate locality on Swar road within 12 hours of registering the FIR. Five police teams have been pressed into service to arrest the accused.”
In the incident which transpired on September 12, 2019, a Dalit girl had gone to a nearby field to get some fodder when two men namely Naved and Abdul nabbed her and forcefully took her to a deserted area where they raped her at the gunpoint by taking turns. When the victim protested the accused threatened to kill her. They also videographed the entire act which they later uploaded on social media.
Afraid of the threats the victim chose to hide what transpired with her from her family members. However, after the video filmed by the accused became viral on social media, the victim’s relatives came to know about the incident. Her family and relatives approached the Rampur police station on September 25 and lodged a complaint against the two accused. The police, in turn, registered a case against the accused under section 376-D (gangrape), 504 (criminal intimidation), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), relevant provisions of SC/ST Act and section 67 of the IT Act.
Rampur: A woman was gang-raped by 2 men of her village on 12 Sept, who also recorded the act&made the video viral. Police say “The woman & her relatives came to us with her complaint. FIR registered under various sec of IPC,SC/ST Act & IT Act. Accused will be arrested soon”(24.9) pic.twitter.com/BCsqk8b7lZ
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Meanwhile, SP Ajay Pal Sharma added, “During the preliminary investigation, it was found that the woman had an affair with Abdul, who also produced recordings of their conversations over the mobile phone. We also found a 25-second video of the crime uploaded on various social media sites by the accused.”
“The woman has been sent for a medical examination. Afterwards, the investigating officer will produce her before the magistrate to record her statement under section 164 of the CrPc,” the SP added.
A similar incident was reported on September 24 wherein a Dalit minor was allegedly gang-raped and filmed by three men in Ghosia village of Kaushambi district that falls under Saray Akil police station, near Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. In this case, too, one of the accused named Nazik was caught by the villagers and handed over to the police while the main accused named Adil who was found the next day, hiding in a Mazar. He was nabbed following an encounter with the police.