A 20-year-old woman, who had come to Delhi from Bihar with her husband to earn a living on Tuesday, was confined to a house in northeast Delhi’s Joharipur near Gokulpuri and allegedy gang raped by two men.
A complaint by the woman said the men, who had promised to provide them shelter, raped her in front of her husband. They later allegedly forced them to leave the city.
The police registered a case of gang rape and illegal confinement at the Gokulpuri police station and arrested Digamber and Ravi, both residents of Joharipur. Police said the victims were confined at Digamber’s house.
A senior police officer said the matter came to light when the couple, while on their way towards the Anand Vihar railway station, narrated the matter to the auto-rickshaw driver, who happened to be a member of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
“The auto rickshaw driver informed other members of his party and took the victims to the Gokulpuri police station. Minutes after their arrival, several AAP members gathered at the police station and demanded police action. We registered a case after medical examination of the woman confirmed rape,” said a senior police officer.
According to the officer, AAP members held a protest at the police station when their demand to provide them a copy of the FIR was not met. Police said the protesters damaged some public property at the police station and they had to use batons to control the situation.
A senior AAP member on the other hand rejected the allegations of rioting.
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal wrote on his Twitter account that 11 boys and seven girls from the party were formally arrested.
Sanjay Beniwal, joint CP (southeastern range), said they arrested 11 boys and four girls under the charges of rioting and obstructing public servants from performing their duty.
“The newly-married couple came to Delhi on Tuesday evening. They were looking for shelter when the accused offered their help in getting an accommodation. They kept them in a room and raped the woman,” the senior officer added.