A 17-year-old Jaipur girl was sexually assaulted in a moving car and later raped by six men in a hotel on the highway to Ajmer in July this year, according to a police complaint filed recently in the Rajasthan capital.
In a horrific reminder that not much has changed despite stricter laws following the fatal gang-rape of a 23-year-old student in Delhi in 2012, the girl told HT on Tuesday she was disrobed, had liquor poured on her body and was violated with a bottle after being picked up by an acquaintance in a car on July 20.
She was then taken to the hotel where she lost consciousness after being raped by the six men. The alleged rapists later dropped the girl near her house in a village in the Jaipur district.
She also alleged that Bhairu Jat, the person who picked her up on July 20 and took her to the hotel with his accomplices, had previously raped her on several occasions and threatened he would make public an obscene clip of her if she reported the matter to the police.
The police lodged a case under Indian Penal Code sections on rape and abduction and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 on Saturday last week after the girl lodged a formal complaint in Jaipur. The girl’s brother said they decided to take action after a member of girl’s family stopped her from attempting suicide.
No arrests have been made in the case so far. DCP (south), Jaipur, Ravi Dutt Gaur confirmed the incident and said several teams had been deployed to arrest the accused.
“I have asked the station house officer to arrest the named accused,” he added.
The girl and her brother wished to meet chief minister Vasundhara Raje at her residence on Tuesday but the CM was not available. A top official in the CM’s security detail however, met the two.
“IG (CM security) Sanjay Agarwal heard us and issued necessary instructions to the district police on telephone, but I am still getting calls from the rapists’ family for a compromise,” the girl’s brother told HT.
The bother also alleged they initially faced trouble in getting a case registered. “...the SHO doubted the girl and didn’t seem very interested in bringing her to justice,” he said.