Woman gang raped in Punjab by seven, 5 held

Bus driver, conductor abduct victim on her way home

In a case similar to the gang rape of a paramedic student in New Delhi, a 29-year-old woman was allegedly gang raped by seven persons here.

The victim, a resident of a Ghukla village under Kahnuwan police station, was on way to her village in a bus when the driver and conductor kidnapped her and took her to an undisclosed location where they and their five accomplices gang raped her on Friday night, SSP Gurdaspur Raj Jeet Singh said.

The SSP said five of the seven accused had been arrested while two unidentified persons were still absconding.

He said that based on the interrogation of the five accused, efforts were on to arrest the remaining accused.

The victim in her complaint said that she was coming from her parent’s village Jagatpur district Pathankot in a bus but the driver Daler Singh did not stop the vehicle at the bus stand in the village.

Her request to conductor Ravi to ask the driver to stop the bus went unnoticed.
They took her to some place near Gurdaspur, where five of their friends joined them and gang raped the woman in a house, the police official said.

The next morning, the driver dumped the woman near her village, he said, adding that first she went to her house and then came to the police station to file a complaint.

A case under section 376 of IPC (punishment for rape) was registered against the seven accused, Singh said.

The five arrested were identified as Daler Singh, Ravi, Jaswinder Singh, Jagpreet Singh and Satwant Singh, he said.

Two on the run

The two absconders will be soon arrested and teams have been formed to nab them, he said.

Police said that the FIR was registered on Saturday evening.  The woman would be sent for medical examination, they said, adding in the preliminary interrogation, the accused confessed to their crime.

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