Rape is the fourth most common crime against women in India. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) 2013 annual report, 24,923 rape cases were reported across India in 2012. Nearly four years after the `Nirbhaya Act’ to prosecute sexual crimes against women came into force, convictions under the law in India’s Gurugram are few and far between, a result of the hurdles that force several women to give up pursuing their cases.
The horrendous incident was reported on Saturday night when a 22-year-old woman was dragged out of her car and raped in front of her husband and brother-in-law by four men in Haryana’s Gurugram.
While returning in her brother-in-law’s car, they stopped near Business Park Tower in sector 56, as her husband wanted to attend nature’s call. In the police complaint, the woman stated that the two cars pulled up at the spot and four persons asked them about the reason for stopping their vehicle there. On seeing her inside the car, the men dragged the woman out of the car. While the three accused held her husband and brother-in-law at gunpoint, the fourth one raped her in front of them, said Manish Sehgal, ACP and chief PRO of Gurugram police.
Before escaping from the place, they threatened the victim, her husband and brother-in-law with serious out-turns if they approached the police, Mr. Manish Sehgal said, adding the woman’s husband managed to take the registration number of their one of cars.
On Monday, police arrested the rapist and his three accomplices from their residences in Johalka village near Sohna in Gurugram and a case under sections 323 (causing hurt), 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation), 34 (common intention) of IPC against the accused at Sector 56 police station in the night itself. The accused have been identified as Sanjeet (22), Dharmender (25), Deshbeer (23) and Pawan (26), residents of Johalka village near Sohna. The Police also recovered an Alto car from their possession.
According to the police report, the incident happened around midnight on Sunday, on the 200ft road behind Business Park Tower in Sector 57, Gurugram.
This is the 10th case of rape reported in Haryana in 10 days, and the fourth case in Gurugram in the same period.
This is the latest addition to the incidents of rape horror that emerged in the state. Recently two incidents of young girls being raped and killed were reported in Haryana. Sexual attacks on women and girls in India put a question mark on their safety and efficiency of the police force in the country. Few years back in December 2012, a fatal gang-rape of a medical student in New Delhi brought the spotlight on crimes against women in India. The incident saw huge protests and resulted in new anti-rape laws in the country. However, brutal sexual attacks against women continue to be reported across India.