Five BPO employees were arrested on Sunday for allegedly raping a 30-year-old woman from Nepal. The woman told police that the men locked her in a flat in east Delhi’s Pandav Nagar and took turns to rape her in the early hours of Sunday.
In an attempt to escape from the custody of the five, the woman reportedly jumped from the first floor balcony of the building due to which she injured her legs.
On the basis of her complaint, a case of gangrape, illegal confinement and unnatural sex under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered at the Pandav Nagar police station against the five, who work in different private call centres, said the police. The five were identified as Lakshya, Vikas Kumar, Naveen, Swarit and Prateek.
Police said she was taken to the flat by her friend Vikas, who also knew the five youths. He left the flat after telling the woman that he has some work and he will pick her up in the morning after finishing the work.
A senior police officer said that the woman lived with her two children in south Delhi’s Munirka area. In her statement, she told police that she knew Vikas for the past few months. On Saturday night, Vikas met her in Munirka and asked her to accompany him to his friend’s for a party.
“The woman left with him and on the way met two of his friends. The three brought her to the flat where their three other friends were already present. Vikas stepped out after sometime, leaving the woman with the five men,” said the officer, quoting the woman’s complaint.
The woman reportedly told police that the five forced her to consume alcohol. When she got intoxicated, they allegedly locked her in the flat and took turns to rape her. They allegedly threatened to harm her if she raised an alarm or attempted to escape from the flat.
Around 5.30 am, the woman managed to reach the balcony and jumped. She alerted some passersby about the sexual assault she was subjected to. One of them informed the police.
“The rape survivor was admitted to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital for medical treatment and examination. She sustained minor injuries in her legs. We registered a case and arrested the five youths,” said Omvir Singh, deputy commissioner of police (east).
Police sources said investigation is on and that the woman had been changing her statement.