A housewife was gangraped at her home in Nirankari Colony near Mukherjee Nagar in north Delhi by three assailants late on Thursday, police said. Her sister-in-law who tried to intervene was molested at gunpoint.
The women told police that they knew the men. Devendra, Surendra (brothers) and Bhima were business associates of the victims' husbands but relations between them had strained over the past few months, police said.
Delhi Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said the attackers were absconding till late on Friday.
Suman (name changed), 32, was raped and Kamala (name changed), was molested. "The assailants wanted a share in a property owned by the victims' husbands. Suman's husband used to work with Devendra and Surendra earlier but was fired from the job about five months ago," a senior police officer said.
The accused reportedly came to the house around 11.15 pm, when the rest of the family was visiting a relative.
Suman reportedly allowed them in since she knew them. Her mother-in-law said Kamala was preparing tea when they attacked Suman. "Kamala rushed out of the kitchen but one of the assailants pushed her inside and molested her," she said.
Devendra and Surendra own a finance business. The bone of contention was a piece of land that the victims' husbands owned.
"All four had jointly bought a disputed property, which the victims' husbands later came to own after a court case," said a police officer.