GARHWA: A 20-year-old Dalit girl was gang raped by three men in Salaya forest under Ranka police station area in the district on Tuesday afternoon, police said on Wednesday.
“A case has been registered against one Sunil and two others based on the woman’s statement and we have launched a manhunt to nab the three,” officer in-charge of Ranka police station Pankaj Kumar Tiwari said. The rape survivor has been sent to Garhwa sadar hospital for a medical examination, he added.
The incident took place when the woman, a resident of Janewa village under Ranka block, went to a weekly haat (market) in Ranka to buy clothes where she saw her friend Sunil. Sunil offered to take her to lunch at a hotel in Salaya road and the two hopped on his bike. But instead of stopping at the hotel, he took her to Salaya forest where his two friends were already present. “According to her statement, the trio tied her mouth with her scarf and raped her. Before fleeing, the accused threatened her of dire consequences if she told anybody about the incident. The woman later approached the police, gave her statement and identified one of the accused as Sunil,” Tiwari said.
(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court directives on cases related to sexual assault)