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Man beaten, wife gang-raped by seven

Seven people allegedly raped a 30-year-old woman after forcing open the door to her shanty near Matunga railway station and beating up her husband with bamboo sticks late Friday night.

mumbai Updated: Mar 17, 2013 01:41 IST
HT Correspondent

Seven people allegedly raped a 30-year-old woman after forcing open the door to her shanty near Matunga railway station and beating up her husband with bamboo sticks late Friday night. The woman’s husband knew two of the seven accused, who are all in their early twenties.

The incident took place around 11.45pm on Friday, when the woman and her husband, who make a living growing vegetables near railway tracks, were sleeping in their shanty that is adjacent to the railway compound wall. Some of the accused barged into their house claiming they were looking for a friend.

“Once in, some of the men pulled the woman’s husband outside and beat him up with bamboo sticks. The woman told us that the rest of the men then raped her and had unnatural sex with her,” said Prakash Kirdat, senior inspector, Dadar Government Railway Police (GRP). The woman alleged that the men took turns raping her and the husband, who was outside the shanty, could not do anything as he had sustained injuries. As per the victim’s statement, the assault lasted from 11.45pm to 1.15am.

Kirdat said that the husband did not sustain any serious injury in the incident. The woman’s family came to the Dadar GRP on Saturday morning to register a complaint. When the police asked the victim’s family why they did not approach them earlier, they said they were too scared as the men had threatened them.

The police have identified two of the seven accused, all in their early twenties, as Siddhu and Anup, who are Shahu Nagar residents, as the victim’s husband knew them. An officer said that earlier on Friday, the husband had had a fight with Siddhu.

The Dadar GRP has registered a case under sections 376 (g) (gang-rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 506 (criminal intimidation), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) against the seven accused. The case will be transferred to the Matunga police station, as the crime scene falls under its jurisdiction. The police are currently looking for the absconding accused. They are also waiting for the report of medical tests conducted on the woman.