The Rajpura police, on Wednesday, booked an auto owner and his accomplice for raping a 23-year-old girl, who is a student of Punjabi University, Patiala, and is a university-level kabaddi player.
The accused were identified as Honey Sharma, owner of a Tata Magic auto and Sunny, co-driver; both residents of Rajpura.
In her statement to the police, the complainant said she boarded an auto for the university at around 5 am on Wednesday. She added that the auto driver and Sunny took her along to Rajpura railway station for a cup of tea, saying that as it was early morning, no tea stall would be open near the university.
She said when they reached Rajpura, the owner, Honey, sent the driver and Sunny to their homes, as they were on night duty and thereafter forcibly took her in the auto towards Patiala bypass. She added that Honey stopped the auto at a suspicious place by the roadside and forcibly raped her there.
The victim stated that after raping her, the accused left her near Rajpura railway station and Sunny, who was waiting there, came to her and scuffled with her with the intention to raping her. She said after hearing her screams, people started gathering there and the accused fled from the spot.
A case was registered under Sections 376 (rape) and 354 A (sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Rajpura city police station. No arrest has been made so far. The medical examination of the victim was conducted at the local civil hospital and the report was still awaited.
Investigating officer (IO) Gulzar Singh said the case got complicated as the victim was changing her statement on regular intervals. “The victim has been handed over to her family members after recording her statement before the magistrate. We are waiting for the medical report to confirm the crime, as the mental condition of the victim did not seem to be stable due to trauma,” said Singh.