Armyman held for rape bid in Assam

An armyman has been arrested in Assam for allegedly trying to rape a village girl, police said Sunday.

The incident took place in Dolopa village in upper Assam's Sivsagar district Saturday.

"While the girl was returning home after collecting firewood, four army personnel forcefully took her into a forest. When she started shouting, people from the area intervened and caught one of the jawans. They beat him up and handed him over to the police," Sivsagar Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Prasad Singh told IANS.

"The jawan has been arrested and we have registered a case of attempt to rape," he said.
He did not disclose the jawan's identity. The army has not commented on the incident.

The incident comes days after a young woman was molested by a large group of men outside a pub in Guwahati, leading to outrage across the nation.

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