A 19-year-old woman in north Bihar’s Madhubani was allegedly gangraped and stabbed 16 times by four men but survived the attack, police said on Saturday.
The Class 12 student was found unconscious and bleeding on Thursday morning in a bush where the criminals had allegedly abandoned her, taking her to be dead, sources said.
She was rushed to the local hospital by local residents of Sisauna village and miraculously survived, they added.
Deputy superintendent of police Indra Prakash said when the woman gained consciousness briefly on Friday, police recorded her statement in the presence of a magistrate.
Police recovered an ATM card, a mobile phone and a knife from the spot and registered a case. Sources said a local auto driver, Mohammad Suleman, was arrested after police found the mobile phone was registered to him. Three other accused are absconding.
The incident is the latest in a series of crimes in the state that have embarrassed chief minister Nitish Kumar and triggered allegations that the government was unable to control the rapidly deteriorating law-and-order situation.
The brutal crime also brought back memories of the 2012 Delhi gang rape that sparked massive nationwide protests and forced changes in India’s rape law.
The DSP told HT that preliminary investigation suggested the victim was abducted and gang-raped. He said the vehicle used for her abduction was recovered on the basis of Suleman’s interrogation.
Police said the victim alleged that last Wednesday she was abducted and taken to a lonely place by the auto-driver and three associates. All four allegedly took turns to rape her in an isolated house and proceeded to stab her several times. Taking her to be dead, they then allegedly dumped her in a nearby bush.
“She survived so far as many of the 16 stab wounds are not deep,” said a police officer. She reportedly fell unconscious soon after recording the statement, making it difficult to trace family members.
When she was taken to a local hospital for treatment, doctors referred her to the Darbhanga medical college, 45 kilometres away. But because of a strike by doctors, she was brought back to Madhubani.