In the dead of the night, screams rang out near south Delhi’s Moti Bagh on November 24, 2010, but there was no one to hear them.
A 30-year-old Northeastern woman and her friend — both of whom worked in a Gurgaon call centre — had just been dropped near Moti Bagh by their office cab and were walking back home.
Just then, a pick-up truck came to a stop near them and its occupants tried to pull them in at gun-point. The women struggled and screamed, but the men pulled in the 30-year-old. Her colleague managed to escape.
The truck was driven around and one of its occupants raped the woman in the front seat. At Dhaula Kuan, the woman was forced to board the back portion of the truck and to her horror, she realised that there were five men in all. Each one took turns to rape her. The men then dropped her off near the main Dhaula Kuan road.
In the meantime, the woman’s colleague alerted their boss and the police of the abduction. So while the woman was being raped, her boss and others kept calling her phone. She could hear the phone ringing but there was nothing she could do.
After the ordeal was over, she discovered that her phone had been in answer mode, and her boss had heard the whole incident. In court, he deposed that he had heard his junior’s desperate pleas: “Please let me go,” she had repeatedly told the men.
The woman’s story stunned the national capital. The Dhaula Kuan gang rape, as it came to be known, led to formation of new rules. All BPO cabs were instructed to drop women employees at their doorstep at night.
A manhunt for the five men soon ensued. After a tip-off, two of the accused were arrested from Faridabad’s Dhauj village a week after the incident. Usman and Shamshad, the accused, confessed to the crime.
They also led the police to Iqbal, another culprit, and disclosed that Shahid, their accomplice, was already under arrested in a connection with another case in Faridabad. The last accused, Kamruddin, was arrested on December 6, 2010.
All five had criminal history and were found involved in robberies, cow-thefts and other petty crimes. They have been in jail ever since and were declared guilty in the case on Tuesday. They will hear the quantum of their sentence on Friday.