Bengaluru: A 22-year-old employee of a BPO was allegedly gang-raped by two men in a moving van on Saturday night in Madiwala police station limits.
The victim, who got into the vehicle around 9.45 pm, had to endure the trauma for nearly five hours — she was dropped off around 2.30 am in Madiwala.
This brings back memories of the gruesome Nirbhaya case of December 2012, where a physiotherapy intern was gang-raped in a moving bus. She later died.
P Harishekaran, Additional Commissioner of Police (West), said Saturday’s incident took place when the woman was returning to her paying guest accommodation after work.
The woman was waiting at the bus stop in Domlur around 9.45 pm when a Tempo Traveller stopped. The van driver and cleaner offered to drop her at her PG, an investigating police officer said. There were no other passengers in the vehicle.
She Grows Suspicious: The woman, who sat on the front seat next to the door, asked the driver to stop when he crossed Madiwala. But when he didn’t, she got scared and immediately called her parents who live in a town in Madhya Pradesh and made the driver speak to them. The driver assured them that they needn’t worry and told them that he was only taking a U-turn and that he would drop their daughter at her accommodation.
At Knife-Point: After a while, the cleaner threatened her with a knife and asked her to switch off her mobile phone and raped her in the moving vehicle.
The driver drove the vehicle to an isolated place near Old Madras Road and raped her. Around 2.30 am, they dropped her at Madiwala near Bommanahalli junction and fled after threatening her with dire consequences if she filed a complaint, the police officer said.
She Tells Her Sister: The victim, living in the PG with her older sister, narrated the nightmarish experience to her. The sister took her to St John’s Hospital. The hospital alerted the Madiwala police about the assault.
On Monday, the police recorded her statement before a magistrate. According to the hospital officials, the victim was subjected to various tests on Sunday morning.
“The woman looked stressed. She was counselled. She has requested us not to reveal any of her details to anyone,” said a hospital official.
Special Team Formed
The police have registered a case of gang-rape. A special team has been formed to nab the accused and some drivers are being questioned.
Police said that the victim failed to notice the vehicle number and has given sketchy details about the accused. However, based on the CCTV footage, the police have collected vital clues of the accused.
Sources in the Home Department said the woman was raped by two men who were employees of a travel agency. When the victim’s parents refused to file a complaint, the police persuaded them to do so.
‘Accused Were Drunk’
According to sources, the victim was accompanied by a male friend to the bus stop. The accused were under the influence of alcohol and were speaking in Kannada. After the incident, she alerted one of her friends who came to Madiwala police station to file a case. Two of her colleagues were being questioned as she was with them before the incident took place. But the senior police officer said that the police were informed about the incident by hospital staff. “The victim said she was not using either public transport or the company’s vehicle for commuting,” the officer added.
KSCW to File Case
Karnataka State Commission for Women chairperson Manjula Manasa told Express, “I went through the media reports. I am trying to get information about the incident from the local police. KSCW will file a suo motu case in this regard.”
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