“The woman said she could identify only one person."
In a shocking incident, a woman was gang-raped by 17 men while her husband was held hostage and forced to watch in Jharkhand’s Dumka district on December 8, 2020.
An FIR was filed on December 9, 2020, at Mufasil Police Station.
The victim, a mother of five, alleged that the incident took place when she was returning home from a fair with her husband.
The 17 accused intercepted the couple and overpowered the husband. The suspects took turns to rape the woman while the others held her husband.
Police have now launched a manhunt to arrest the accused.
In her complaint, the woman alleged that the accused were drunk. Following her complaint, the victim was sent for medical examination.
The deputy inspector general (DIG) of Santhal region, Sudarshan Mandal stated on December 10, 2020:
“The woman said she could identify only one person.
“We have detained the accused for interrogation. If his involvement was found in the crime, he would be sent to jail.”
The DIG added: “We are interrogating the villagers regarding the crime.
“We are investigating the matter meticulously, as the woman keeps changing her statement.
“When I was interrogating her in her village, she said there were five persons involved in the crime.”
India’s National Commission for Women (NCW) has issued a statement on the incident on December 10, 2020, saying:
“The Commission is seriously concerned about the reported incident and has taken notice of the matter.”
“Chairperson Rekha Sharma has written to Director General of Police, Jharkhand.
“We are seeking adherence to guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs of completing probes in two months in cases of sexual assault.”
The Commission said it has also sought a detailed action to be taken by the police.
An analysis of the figures available on the Jharkhand police’s website shows that as many as 1,033 cases of rape have been filed between January and July 2020.
This means that there is an average of four reported rape cases per day, as per the records of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
Meanwhile, a political leader has made tone-deaf remarks over rape incidents.
He has alleged porn, phones, advertisements and risque Bollywood songs are to blame for the number of rape cases.
He said: “Just making stringent laws won’t end rape culture.
“As long as a situation that incites for rape persists, you won’t be able to stop it.”