In yet another shocking incident of crime against women, a tribal woman was allegedly gang-raped by ten people, including her husband and relatives, paraded naked and forced to drink urine in front of her minor son following a land dispute.
After the woman lodged a complaint in which she alleged that the attack was carried out at the behest of her husband Kailash Rumalia, all the accused were nabbed, police said on Sunday.
The incident took place three days back at Bhiali Kheda village under Piplod police station and the victim reported the matter on June 13 to police after her family members brought her to Khandwa district hospital, police said.
Acting on the complaint, police on Saturday arrested all the ten people allegedly involved in the gang-rape, including the victim's husband, relatives and other villagers, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Women's Cell, Khandwa, Sunita Rawat told reporters in Khandwa on Saturday.
In her police complaint, the woman also mentioned that before committing gang-rape, they allegedly manhandled her, paraded her naked and when she asked for water, they forced her to drink urine in front of her minor son, Rawat said quoting her complaint.
Meanwhile, the woman's husband claimed before mediapersons that because of a land dispute, she was levelling baseless allegations against him and other villagers and also said that he doubted her character.
Police have registered a case under IPC sections 376 (g) (gang-rape), 354 (b) (act with intent to disrobe a woman), 294 (obscene acts and songs), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) against the accused and are further probing the incident.
The victim was undergoing treatment at the district hospital where women constables and Piplod police station in-charge were deployed for her security, Rawat added.
There has been nation-wide outrage on the string of incidents of sexual assault on women. The issue has come into fresh focus following the gang-rape and murder of two teenage cousins, whose bodies were found hanging from a tree in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh.