New Delhi: Five men allegedly raped an 18-year-old dalit woman in front of her husband in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, on April 26. The victim has said that the accused dragged her from her neck, tore off her clothes and took turns to rape her and filmed the incident. The accused threatened the couple of making the video viral on the internet if the couple informed about the gang rape to anyone. Later they demanded money to delete the videos.
After the accused learned that the couple had reported the rape to the police, they uploaded the video on the internet.
The accused are from the gujjar community that dominates the area so a case under SC/ST Act also has been charged on them.
A few people on social media also claimed that the police tried to suppress the case as the accused have been identified as sons of influential local families.
While denying the allegations of suppressing the case, inspector general of police S Sengathir said, “The very fact that we had registered the case and set up teams to arrest the accused indicate we are trying our best to catch the accused. Now since elections are over in the region, we have pressed in more teams to trace the accused.”
Following this incident, massive protests have erupted in the Alwar district, with protesters demanding the immediate arrest of five men.
According to the police, all five accused have been identified and booked, and three people have been arrested while the other two accused, who were identified as Chotelal and Hansraj, were on the run.