Dalit girl gang raped in Jharkhand, three arrested

Hazaribag (Jharkand), Sept 22 (KMS): A 16-year-old Dalit girl has been allegedly gang raped in Jharkhand’s Hazaribag district, police said.

Superintendent of Police Manoj Ratan Chouthe said that three of the five accused have been arrested and a manhunt has been launched to nab the remaining two.

The incident took place in a village in Daroo Police Station area on Sunday night when the survivor, a student, and her two friends went near a pond to relieve themselves, the officer said.

Five motorcycle-borne people hailing from a neighbouring village abducted the survivor and took her to a secluded place, where they took turns to rape her and video graphed the incident.

The accused threatened the survivor that if she revealed the incident to anyone or approached the police, they would release the video on social media.

They then left her at the spot and fled the crime scene, he said.

The girl lost consciousness due to her injuries and returned home after regaining consciousness.

She then revealed the incident to her family, who rushed her to Hazaribag Medical College and Hospital, and the attending doctors informed the police during her admission.

She is undergoing treatment at the hospital and her condition is stated to be stable, Chouthe said.

The survivor identified three of the accused by their names, who were then arrested from various parts of the district.

She could not name the other two accused who are still at large, the officer said.

A case under sections of the Indian Penal Code, POCSO Act and SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act was registered.