NEW DELHI: Yet another gangrape has been reported in the Indian capital even as another teenage gangrape victim in Punjab is fighting for her life as doctors remove her infected uterus to save her.
In Delhi, the 24-year-old victim was allegedly gang-raped first in the city’s Swaroop Nagar area and then in a moving car by four men on Thursday night. One of the rapists knew the woman.
All the four accused were arrested when a patrol vehicle of Delhi Police flagged down a car with tinted glasses. As the criminals tried to speed away, a message was flashed across to other police patrol vehicles.
After a chase, all the four accused were arrested and the victim rescued.
The police has given the names of the four accused as Mohammed Shakil (23), Mohammed Irshad (30), Mohammed Abid (21), and Lajpatrai Sachdeva (38).
The victim, who comes from 24-Parganas district in West Bengal and lives with her brother-in-law in Rohini in north Delhi, told the police that she was first gangraped by the four in Swaroop Nagar and then in the moving car.
Sindhu Pillai, deputy commissioner of police (North Delhi), said, “The victim, who knows Shakil, had gone to meet him in Swaroop Nagar on Wednesday night. The accused was present with his three other friends, who took her to the nearby Uttarkhand Colony and gang-raped her.’’
After the gangrape, the accused bundled her in a car and were going towards Burari in north Delhi when they were nabbed.
The medical examination of the woman confirmed that she was gangraped.
After the nationwide outrage in December over the gangrape of a 23-year-old medical student, the country’s supreme court had come down heavily on the police for failing to implement the ban on vehicles with tinted glasses.
But criminals and powerful people, mostly politicians, continue to flout the law.
Meanwhile, in Punjab the uterus of a 14-year-old gangrape victim had to be removed in Jalandhar’s Guru Nanak Hospital on Thursday to save her life.
The girl, who belongs to Mandla village in Jalandhar district, was raped by three youths in her village on January 28. She was brought to the hospital \ after she started bleeding profusely.
As the teenage victim battles for her life in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital, the doctors said her uterus had ruptured and developed infection. So they decided to remove it. Her intestine was also damaged and an operation had to be performed on it.
The three accused – Balwinder Singh, Sher Singh and Charanjit Singh – are said to be the victim’s relatives. Punjab has become notorious not only for female foeticide but also the number of rapes. Over 40 cases of rape are reported in the state each month, according to officials.