Nearly a month after a Dalit woman was dragged out of her office and allegedly raped in Muktsar district of Punjab, the accused surrendered before a court on Friday and was sent to a three-day police custody.
Jagdeep Singh, 25, allegedly abducted the woman from her workplace, a computer centre, on March 25. And the crime was captured on a CCTV camera in a nearby shop in the Muktsar area.
The footage showed the accused, also known as Jojo, forcibly dragging the woman, said to be in her early 20s, out of her office in broad daylight.
Singh and his accomplice, Sandeep Singh, allegedly took the woman to a farmhouse and raped her. They left her at Malout bus stand.
Singh surrendered a day after the Dalit woman and her father met officials of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes.
A case was registered against the accused under various provisions of the law including for abduction and rape five days after the incident, police said.
Singh and the woman were from the same village and knew each other, reports said.
“The youth had come to meet the victim. They were chatting so we thought they were acquaintances. But soon he tried to abduct her, and when we protested, he started fighting with us. The entire episode was recorded on the CCTV camera,” Sumit Kumar, the owner of the computer centre, said.
Police said Sandeep, who is on the run, will be arrested soon.