Two of the 11 men arrested for the alleged gang rape of a 24-year old MBA student near a mall in Noida on January 5 could be serial rapists. The duo has confessed to two other rapes, the police told Hindustan Times.
In both instances the accused – Gautam and Omprakash – found their victims with their boyfriends. They ran out of luck the third time on January 5.
“Gautam and Omprakash have revealed that they had in the past raped two other young women finding them in an intimate state with their male friends,” said Sector 39 police station house officer Anil Samaniya.
The victims did not complain to the police as the rapists had threatened to kill them if they did. “We are trying to find out from the two men the whereabouts of the victims,” Samaniya said.
While Gautam is a standard 10 dropout, Omprakash, like a few others among the accused, is a student of BA. All of them are aged between 18-24 years.
Investigators said the accused misled the victim into believing they won’t rape her. “She begged the accused to take the valuables and not harm her. So, they took away her phone, her ring and tarot cards, but raped her afterwards,” said Deputy Superintendent RN Mishra.
Gautam and Omprakash, have a beastly bent of mind, said Samaniya. “They say she was in a state of undress...so they forced themselves on her."
“Their minds are rotten,” said Superintendent of Police AK Tripathi.
The accused were convinced the “victim would not have the courage to complain to the police out of shame and the fact that doing that would reveal her presence with her friend”. The fact that Omprakash and Gautam had “got away twice before” had probably reassured them, the police suspect. According to investigators, the fact that the accused had even “guided the victim and her friend to the main road” since the latter were unaware of the topography, indicated their belief that their crime would not get reported.“These men belong to rich families, steeped in feudal beliefs. They feel they can get away with their worst,” added Tripathi.
Clinical psychologist Rajat Mitra, who has studied 250 rapists lodged at Delhi’s Tihar jail, says getting away with a rape emboldens the rapists to take higher risks. “A rapist gets away the first three-four times since the victim does not report the crime owing to shame, social stigma or reprisal,” he said.