Four people have been arrested in connection with the alleged kidnapping and gang rape of a 38-year-old woman in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, police said on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Commission of Women (DCW) has ordered the Ghaziabad Police to provide a copy of the FIR, as well as information about the apprehended suspects and a report on the action taken, by October 21. For two days, the victim was allegedly kidnapped and gang raped. She was discovered in a pool of blood, with an iron rod pushed into her private regions, according to a statement read by the DCW.
The woman was allegedly abducted while she was returning from a birthday party on September 16. She told police that she was gang-raped by five men in Ghaziabad over two days.
SP City (Ghaziabad) said: “On October 18, police in Nandgram, Uttar Pradesh received information that a woman was lying near Ashram Road. They took her to the hospital. She’s a resident of Delhi and had come to her brother’s residence in Nandgram.”
“After her brother dropped her off, five people -who were known to her- took her away and gang raped her. An FIR has been registered. Four people have been nabbed. It is being said that they have a property dispute and the matter is sub-judice. We’re taking all necessary action,” the police official said.
Meanwhile, DCW Chief Swati Maliwal in the notice sent by the commission to Ghaziabad Police said: “They brutally gang raped her and continued to rape and torture her for two days. They even inserted an iron rod inside her private parts. After that, they hid her in a jute bag and threw her out of the road. The woman was found in a pool of blood with an iron rod still inside her.”
“When the woman was admitted to the hospital, the rod was removed with great difficulty; the woman is now fighting for her life. We have issued a notice… there should be a swift arrest and strict action taken. This case is just like the Nirbhaya case… It is my appeal that at least this case be fast-tracked and these men be given severe punishment,” Maliwal said.
Ghaziabad police authorities responded to DCW Chief by saying that four people had been detained in the case.
Refuting the DCW chief’s claims about an iron rod being inserted in the survivor’s private parts, Ghaziabad city SP, Aggarwal said, “We have not found any iron rod, but a tongue cleaner was found and the police case has been registered at Nandigram police station”.
The accused have been taken into custody and further investigation is being carried out.