In yet another shocking incident of crime against women, a tribal was allegedly gang-raped by 10 people, including her husband, paraded naked and forced to drink urine in front of her minor son following a land dispute.
After the woman lodged a complaint in which she alleged that the attack was carried out at the behest of her husband, all the accused were nabbed, police said on Sunday.
The incident took place three days ago at Bhiali Kheda village under Piplod police station, and the victim reported the matter on June 13 to police after her family members brought her to Khandwa district hospital, police said.
Acting on the complaint, the police arrested all the 10 people allegedly involved in the gang-rape on Saturday, including the victim's husband, relatives and other villagers, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Women's Cell, Khandwa, Sunita Rawat told reporters in Khandwa on Saturday.
The woman in her police complaint alleged that she was gang-raped by 10 men, including her husband Kailash Rumalia and her relatives, the DSP said. She also mentioned that before the gang-rape, they allegedly manhandled her, paraded her naked and when she asked for water, they forced her to drink urine in front of her minor son, Rawat said quoting her complaint.
Meanwhile, the woman's husband claimed before mediapersons that she was levelling baseless allegations against him and other villagers because of a land dispute, and also said that he doubted her character.
Police have registered a case under IPC sections 376 (g) (gang-rape), 354 (b) (act with intent to disrobe a woman), 294 (obscene acts and songs), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) against the accused and are further probing the incident.
The victim was undergoing treatment at the district hospital where women constables and Piplod police station in-charge were deployed for her security, Rawat added.
There has been nation-wide outrage on the string of incidents of sexual assault on women. The issue has come into fresh focus following the gang-rape and murder of two teenage cousins, whose bodies were found hanging from a tree in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh.