NEW DELHI: After its notorious reputation for the rampant culture of foeticide, Punjab now under the Badal clan is becoming infamous for its rape culture.
In a shocking incident that is a reminder of the Delhi gangrape case, a 26-year-old nurse belonging to Landeke village near Moga was gangraped over two days and then thrown off a moving car not far from Bhatinda by her assailants on Sunday. She is battling for her life in a hospital in Bhatinda.
The young nurse was kidnapped from Chandigarh where she had gone for an interview for a job.
According to reports, when she landed at Chandigarh’s bus stand in Sector 43 on Friday, she was dragged into a waiting car which had two men and a woman occupants. The three gagged and injected drugs to render her unconscious.
In her statement to the police, the victim said she was taken to an unknown location, and when she regained consciousness, she found herself in a room with four men, with one of them filming her nude.
She was given another dose of drugs and gangraped.
On Sunday, she was taken in a car and thrown off on the road near Rama Mandi. A car driver, who spotted her, took her to the Bhatinda civil hospital.
In a similar case in the state more than a week ago, a bus passenger was gangraped by the bus driver and his accomplices in Gurdaspur district.
The 29-year-old married woman had boarded the bus from her parents’ home at Janakpur village in Pathankot to return to her village Ghukla in Gurdaspur district.
On the way, all the other passengers alighted leaving her as the lone passenger in the bus. When her village approached, she asked the driver to drop her.
Instead of dropping her, the driver Daler Singh and conductor Ravi drove her to an undisclosed location and gangraped her the whole night with their accomplices. The next morning the rapists dumped the victim near her village.
In December, a 17-year girl had committed suicide alleging harassment by police after she was gang-raped by two men with the connivance of a woman at Badshahpur village in Patiala district on Diwali night.
Punjab’s cup of shame is complete.