Chandigarh, Jul 21: A 22-year-old married woman was allegedly raped by 40 men over four days in Morni area of Panchkula district in Haryana. In her complaint, she stated of being held captive at a guest house where the accused took turns to rape her.
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The Chandigarh police has arrested three people, including owner of the guest house and a manager, after she lodged a complaint at Manimajra police station on Thursday. The case has now been transferred to the Panchkula police. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been set up under IPS officer Anshu Singla (ASP Panchkula) to probe the matter.
Revealing the horrific details, the woman’s husband told the reporters that she was promised job at the guest house by a person known to them, adding she was drugged for four days, raped and threatened that she and her husband would be “eliminated” if she revealed the incident to anyone.
The woman’s husband claimed, “One of the accused had promised a job to her at the guest house. He had agreed to employ her at a monthly salary of Rs. 11,000 to 12,000 for cleaning the guest house. We did not know anybody, except him.”
“Every day, about 10 men would brutalise her and this continued for four days between July 15 and 18. Then she somehow managed to call me over phone and told me that she was in great trouble. I spoke to the guest house manager and told him to leave her or else I would call the police. My wife later reached home and narrated the ordeal after which we lodged a police complaint,” he said.
Three police personnel — two Assistant Sub-Inspectors, including a woman officer, and a constable — have been placed under suspension for negligence in the matter, failing to proactively pursue it and not informing higher officials about the incident.
Haryana police were also conducting intensive checking of other guest houses in Morni area, to check if any illegal activity was going on. CCTV footage of the guest house where the alleged incident took place would be scanned, he said.
Rahul Gandhi condemns heinous crime
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday condemned the rape of a young woman in Haryana by 40 men, saying it has “shocked and disgusted” him and must make everyone must hang their heads in shame.
“The rape of a young woman in Haryana, by 40 men, has shocked and disgusted me. Ironically, today in Parliament, I had drawn attention to the issue of growing violence against woman,” said Gandhi on Twitter. “As a nation, we must hang our heads in shame, for our inability to protect this daughter of India,” he added.
(Inputs from agencies)