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20 women gang-raped under pretext of jobs in Rajasthan

Jodhpur: A case of gang-rape has been filed against the chairperson of the Sirohi Municipal Council, Mahendra Mevada, and the former municipal council Commissioner, Mahendra Choudhary in Rajasthan state in India.

According to Kashmir Media Service, both officials have been accused in the case of gang-rape of nearly 20 women under the guise of providing employment in Anganwadi name in the state.

The incident came to light after a woman from Pali district approached the police, saying that the accused had lured her and approximately 20 other women with job opportunities.

The woman also said that the accused filmed the sexual assaults, later threatening to share the footage on social media and blackmailing the victims for money – demanding Rs five lakh each.

According to the complainant, she, along with other women, travelled to Sirohi several months ago to work in Anganwadi. They encountered the accused, who provided them with accommodation and meals.

She further said that the food they were served contained sedatives, after consuming which they were subjected to sexual assault.

Upon regaining consciousness, they confronted the accused, who admitted to deceiving them for their own purposes. The accused also forced the women into engaging in physical relationships based on their demands.

The Rajasthan High Court has ordered a case to be registered following a petition by eight women.

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