It was a usual Friday afternoon for residents of west Delhi’s Vikas Nagar until they heard a woman scream inside her house, and then run out naked. Within a few minutes, the news of the woman being raped, allegedly by three inebriated youths, spread like fire.
What shocked them more was the fact that the victim was nine months pregnant and her rapists were from the same locality and known to her.
The locals got together and decided to help the victim get justice. They informed the local police and counselled the victim to help bring her plight to the police’s notice.
In her initial statement to the police, the victim said that the accused dragging her inside a house on Friday afternoon, and only attempted to rape her.
But after she was given proper counselling and guidance by her neighbours and a local NGO, she gathered the courage to narrate the actual story to the police.
“Initially, she had claimed that the accused only abducted her and tried to rape her. But after counselling, she retracted her statement and said she was raped. Her medical examination at Sanjay Gandhi Memorial hospital confirmed rape,” said V Renganathan, additional commissioner of police (west).
“A case under relevant sections has been registered against the three accused. Rinku and Rahul have been arrested while Sanjay is still at large,” he added.
According to the victim, she was returning after meeting her aunt, who lives some distance away from her home, when the three accused overpowered her from behind.
“They were inebriated, but strong enough to drag me inside Sanjay’s house. At knife-point, they undressed me and took turns raping me. Since they had threatened to kill me, I was helpless, and could not even shout for help,” said the victim.
“I freed myself from their confinement only after some neighbours heard me screaming and assembled outside the house. I still remember the moment when I ran out of the house naked and my neighbours put clothes on me,” said the victim, adding that Sanjay’s mother, who is allegedly into flesh trade, helped the accused in the crime.