A 28-year-old mentally ill woman, who was undergoing treatment at a rescue centre for the mentally disabled, run by The Earth Saviours Foundation in Gurgaon, has alleged that four people raped her on separate occasions during her stay at the NGO, which lasted over a year. According to police, three of the accused are NGO staffers, while the fourth is a mentally ill patient.
“A case has been registered under sections 376 (rape), 34 (common intention) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC… We are going to Shahdara on Wednesday to get the victim’s statement. Further investigation will be conducted then,” said Amit Kumar, SHO of DLF Phase I police station.
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The NGO’s founder Ravi Kalra said, “She never complained about any such incident to us, or we would have taken steps ourselves. We are cooperating with police.” Police said the woman had been living at the rescue centre on and off since May 2015. NGO officials said two of the accused staffers no longer work there. The other two accused have been questioned by police. Both claim they do not know the woman.
NGO officials said the woman was first brought by Delhi Police to the centre in May 2015. She left after spending “six-seven months” at the centre, said officials. Eventually, she was taken to AIIMS and referred to a mental hospital in Shahdara, where she told doctors that she had been allegedly raped.