Ludhiana: Three rapes shame city on International Women's Day
Three rapes shamed the city on International Women's Day. A hotel worker and a minor were gangraped, while another woman was assaulted on the pretext of marriage.punjab Updated: Mar 09, 2015 14:46 IST
Three rapes shamed the city on International Women's Day. A hotel worker and a minor were gangraped, while another woman was assaulted on the pretext of marriage.
Around 1.15am on Sunday, an employee of five-star hotel Radisson Blu, which is close to the Ferozepur Road toll plaza in the outskirts, was abducted from near her workplace a while after the day's shift and gangraped in a moving car. She was walking back from a friend's hostel to her paying guest accommodation around the hotel when three men dragged her into their Maruti 800 and drove through the patrolled streets with a covered registration number.
She raised an alarm, but no one responded to it. The kidnappers took her to a secluded place beyond the Lodhi Club Under-bridge, where two of the men raped her and provoked the third to molest her.
The victim, who is from a neighbouring state and working here for the past more than 18 months, told the police that the kidnappers' spoke in accented Hindi of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, and two called each other Monu and Vicky. The third asked her to come to his place in Ambala.
They took away her mobile phone and gave it back after pulling out the SIM card when they dropped her at Rajguru Nagar after the crime. Worried about their missing colleague, her friends at the hotel had informed the police by the time she got back to her accommodation. They moved her to the civil hospital for medical examination and lodged a case at the Sadar police station. A hunt is on for the accused. Additional deputy commissioner of police (city-3) Paramjit Pannu said security cameras had captured images of the kidnappers' car. "They had covered its registration number with black paint," he said.
A hotel spokesperson said the organisation stood by the traumatised employee and would work with the police and the administration to ensure that she got justice. "As a responsible organisation, we will guard her identity and give full safety and security to our woman employees," the spokesperson added.