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20-yr-old Punjab Dalit woman alleges gangrape in moving car

A 20-year-old Dalit woman in Amritsar Tuesday alleged that she was forcibly dragged into a car and raped by three men in the moving vehicle Monday night while she was on her way home from work.

A 20-year-old Dalit woman in Amritsar Tuesday alleged that she was forcibly dragged into a car and raped by three men in the moving vehicle Monday night while she was on her way home from work.

The accused played loud music on the car stereo as they drove around the city for an hour,allegedly taking turns to rape the young woman,the police said,adding that she was later thrown out of the vehicle near the city’s Cantonment area.

The victim sought help from a passerby who informed her mother and the police,which later took her to Amritsar Civil Hospital,where her medical examination was carried out. A team of doctors confirmed intercourse but said no injury marks were found on her body,police said.

Giving the details,ADCP Crime,Harjit Singh Brar,said that the girl,a resident of a village on Tarn Taran road,works in a mobile recharge shop at Golden Avenue,Amritsar.

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In her complaint to the police,the woman said she was returning home from work around 7.30pm and was going to take an auto-rickshaw when two men forced her into a car near the Suraj Chanda Tara cinema. Another person got into the car a little later and one of them put a handkerchief on her mouth after which she fell unconscious.

The girl alleged that the three accused,whom she identified as Aditya,Rocky and Abhi,took turns to repeatedly rape her and after she gained consciousness,she found herself lying near the cantonment area in the city.

Amritsar Commissioner of Police,Ram Singh,said,“After getting the information,a police team took the girl to a private hospital at about 9 pm.” She was later rushed to Amritsar Civil Hospital.

The Medico Legal Report (MLR) of the complainant accessed by The Indian Express noted,among other things,“hymen torn with slight bleeding presence”.

It,however,also noted that there was “no evidence of any fresh injury (external) on the body of the victim”.

“Patient is conscious,cooperative,anxious but well oriented in time and place. Her vitals are normal…She is not in a position to give history of sexual assault,” noted the Civil Hospital MLR.

Based on the victim’s statement the accused have been booked under section 363 (punishment for kidnapping) and 376 (2) (g) (gangrape) of the Indian Penal Code,Singh said,adding,“We are investigating the case. So far no arrests have been made.”

Meanwhile,ADCP Brar said that call details of the girl’s phone show that she received a lot of calls from some particular numbers before and after the incident.

“Police have looked into the call records of the complainant and found out that she had several conversations on phone before the incident took place. The complainant was using two SIM cards,” a police official said,adding that accused may have been known to the victim.

Meanwhile,the victim’s mother while talking to media alleged that her daughter was “dragged by her arm into the car and the sound (of music) was so high that her daughter’s voice could not be heard.”

She further alleged that the despite the registration plate of car being broken,the police did not stop it at any check point. “I want strict punishment for the accused so that such incident does not happen with anyone’s daughter,” she said.

Taking note of the incident,the National Commission for Scheduled Castes vice-chairman,Dr Raj Kumar Verka,summoned Police Commissioner Ram Singh to appear before him at Circuit House on Thursday.

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Meanwhile,Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa said that the gangrape incident has exposed the tall claims on law and order situation in the state made by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. Expressing concern over safety of women in Punjab,Bajwa in a statement issued at Chandigarh said that “crime cases against women and the Dalits were on rise”. Slamming the Punjab government for failing to check assaults on women,he said that at an average two rape cases were taking place each day in the state.