Three people were arrested on Wednesday for the alleged abduction and gangrape of a runaway girl in a Noida park, officials said.
The incident, which put the spotlight back on the safety of women in the National Capital Region, came at a time when Delhi was witnessing protests over the rape-murder of a 29-year-old Dalit law student in a small town near Kerala’s Kochi last week.
The Noida victim, believed to be a minor, told police that she had run away from her house in Shamli in Uttar Pradesh after a quarrel with parents and boarded a bus to Noida.
An auto-rickshaw driver took her to his house on the pretext of giving shelter. He called two of his friends to his house.
As the girl suspected something was wrong and tried to escape, the accused took her to a park in Sector 119 around 2am on Tuesday night and assaulted her.
The girl approached police in the morning, and the accused were arrested.
“The accused -- Azad, Amir and Zahid -- all autorickshaw drivers, were arrested from their hideouts…They were produced in the court and were sent to a 14-day judicial custody,” said Kiran Sivakumar, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Gautam Budh Nagar.
Police said the girl underwent medical tests in a hospital. The reports are awaited.
“The complainant was sent back to her home in Shamli. A team of child welfare committee will record her statement,” said Anup Singh, circle officer 2, Noida.
The fatal gangrape of a student in Delhi in 2012 led to nationwide protests and tougher anti-rape laws but incidents of sexual abuse have not dwindled in India, experts say.