A tribal farm worker was raped on Monday night by dacoits in front of her family in Bodhvad, Jalgaon district, about 400 km northeast of Mumbai.
Neera Pawra (32), a farm labourer from Madhya Pradesh, had migrated along with her family to Bodhvad for work. “Five dacoits forced their way into the hut, tied up the male members of the family and raped the woman before decamping with Rs 700,” said Jalgaon District Superintendent of Police Shantaram Waghmare. Neera was raped in front of her husband Ramsingh Pawra, her four children and her mother-in-law.
The dacoits, who eyewitnesses said spoke in Hindi, also attacked the four children in the house. The family was so scared that it went into a huddle after the robbers left and did not step out until Tuesday.
They narrated the incident to farm owner Anil Khandelwal, who took the family to the police. “We have registered a case against the unidentified accused and increased surveillance,” Waghmare said.