Days after a BPO employee was abducted and gangraped in a vehicle, another woman was forced into a car and raped on Saturday evening by at least two of the four accused men.
The rape took place at Sultanpuri in Outer Delhi, just after Delhi's new police chief BK Gupta met beat constables of the area and while a special drive was being conducted to look for a man slashing women with a blade. This is the fourth case of gangrape in the last month in the Capital.
The accused had been harassing the woman and passing obscene comments. She first objected and when the men refused to back down, she threw a bunch of keys at the car, breaking its rear windshield.
This enraged the men, who were in a Hyundai Accent, used as a cab by a travel company. They chased down the 18-year-old, abducted her and raped her in the vehicle.
Police say that her neighbour who was with her failed to either stop the men or note down the registration number of the car. Another man who managed to get the last four digits of the vehicle then told the neighbour, who passed it on to the police.
The victim was also allegedly beaten up by two of the accused, apparently to punish her for breaking the windshield.
The four accused are all cab drivers and mechanics. The police have arrested Rama (28) and Chander Pal (23) for the rape. The two other accused Manish (25) and a 15-year-old boy helped in abducting her.
"All the four persons have been apprehended. We located the girl inside the car used for her abduction along with two men at around 12:30 am," Chhaya Sharma, deputy commissioner of police (Outer Delhi) said.
The incident occurred at around 9.45 pm on Saturday when the girl had gone to fetch her mother from the factory in the neighbourhood where she was working on the late night shift.
Embarrassingly for the police, the rape took place even as personnel from Sultanpuri and Mangolpuri police stations were out on the streets looking for the 'blade man' who hours before the gang rape had allegedly slashed the faces of three women who were on their way back home from work.
It took around 650 men from six police stations in Outer Delhi along with the special staff of the area and scores of PCR vans two hours to find the vehicle and the victim.
In the last one month, there have been four gang rapes, 22 rapes and numerous cases of molestations registered in the Capital.