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Seven men took turns raping me, threatened to kill: Gurdaspur rape survivor

india Updated: Dec 20, 2014 21:51 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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How can I forget that January night? Seven men took turns raping me the whole night.

I was on my way home from my parents' house. My brother put me on a bus to Gurdaspur and requested the driver to make sure I got off at Bhattian as I did not know the route.

My husband or my father-in-law usually accompany me to my parent's place, but that day, on January 12, 2013, I was alone and these men took advantage of that.

I trusted the driver and the conductor. I thought they would take me home. They destroyed my whole life instead.

After a few stops, the driver asked everyone in the bus to get off, saying he would not go any further. But he asked me to stay and said he would drop me home as he knew my husband.

They then took the bus to a secluded field in a village nearby, where they forced me inside an empty motor room. They covered my mouth and raped me on the floor. I was terrified. They told me they would kill me and my whole family if I uttered a word.

I was in pain and feeling dizzy when they dragged me back into the bus and took me to a friend's house in another village. There, they called other friends who raped me the whole night.

Seven men took turns with me, one after the other. One would force himself on me and others would cheer him. Then he would finish and someone else would start.

I begged to be let off. Sometimes, one of them would speak nicely, then another would let out a volley of abuses. They kept an unsheathed kirpan next to the bed, threatening to cut me into pieces if I raised my voice.

They cooked meat and had a feast next to where I was lying. They brought alcohol and drank. Then they raped me again. I lost count how many times.

My father-in-law, who was worried that I did not reach my bus stop, got the local gurudwara to announce the news that I was missing. He looked for me in all neighbouring villages, asking everyone if they saw me.

The next morning, the driver dumped me at the bus stop and threatened to kill me if I told anyone what had happened.

But I told my family everything. My father-in-law and husband went to the police immediately. Since the incident happened barely a month after the 2012 Delhi gang-rape, it caused huge public outrage and police arrested the seven men in no time.

My younger sister-in-law was so angry that she beat the rapists inside the police station. I got married a few years ago and have a two-year-old child. I am lucky that my husband and my in-laws stood by me throughout my ordeal.

Later, we found that my husband had donated blood to one of the rapists' mother. But the man did not even think about that while raping me.

Their families put pressure on us to withdraw the case. They offered us Rs 30 lakh for each man to take back the case. When that did not work, they approached us through the panchayat's members, asking my father-in-law to "save" the boys from jail.

I don't cry anymore. I just don't like talking about it. My rapists have been sent to jail for 10 years now, but that's not enough. I want them to suffer as I suffered.

(As told to Chitleen K Sethi)



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