A 40-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped and then paraded in the name of witch-craft in a village under Chaibasa district. The incident had occurred on the night of June 10. An FIR in this regard was registered on Wednesday. Four persons were arrested in the case on Thursday. Two other accused in the case are absconding.
According to the police, the woman, along with her husband, who worked as a labourer in Jamshedpur, and her brother approached Tonto police station on Wednesday, following which an FIR was registered.
The police conducted a raid in the village Thursday arrested four persons – Ashish Laguri, Bahadur Singh Laguri, Ramesh Laguri and Mangal Singh Laguri. Two other accused – Mantri Laguri and Jinga Laguri – were absconding.
As per the woman’s complaint, she was sleeping in her house late on the night of June 10 when Ashish and Bahadur barged inside and took her to the house of one Joria Singh Laguri nearby on some pretext. At the time, the woman was alone. They first began beating her. Around midnight, three of them took turns raping her. They also allegedly stripped her.
Early in the morning, they got her to put some clothes and then paraded her in the area alleging that she was into practicing witch-craft. Somehow, the woman, who fell ill following the incident, managed to contact her brother. He, in turn, informed her husband. The husband reached home and, after realising what had happened, approached the police on Wednesday.
Chaibasa Superintendent of Police Michael S Raj said: “The accused did not parade her publicly. However, we have taken the incident seriously and arrests have been made. We are waiting for the medical report. So far, there is nothing on record to prove that the accused had any dispute with the woman. We are probing further.”
Office-in-charge Tonto Bam Shankar Yadav said: “The accused are considered to be anti-social elements in the village and not many are ready to come out against them in the open. However, we are conducting our investigations and will catch the other two accused. It is clear that they had plans to harass the woman for the past few days.”