Lashing out at the Prakash Singh Badal government for its failure to check the rising incidents of rape in Punjab, minister of state for external affairs Preneet Kaur on Monday demanded tough punishment for the accused.
Another incident of gang rape came to light in Punjab when a woman was thrown out of a moving car after being forced upon for two days.
A man and two women kidnapped the victim, who had gone to Chandigarh for a job interview, on Friday (January 18) on the pretext of asking directions, after which she was drugged and raped at a deserted location. The accused then drugged her again and threw her out of a moving car near Bathinda on Sunday (January 20), where she was found and taken to a local hospital.
"The culprits of the Bathinda gangrape should be nabbed and strict punishment given. The Akali Dal government should act," said Preneet Kaur.
"The police in Punjab has been politicised, it has become a wing of the Akali Dal," she further said when asked about increase in crime in the state.
The traumatised victim recounted the horror she had faced, alleging that two women had helped the rapists.
Bathinda's superintendent of police (SP)Dharamveer Singh said that the victim's statement had been recorded and a probe has been initiated.
"A man named Rohitash found her on the roadside near Bathinda. She said that she had gone for an interview on January 18, and had been kidnapped and kept in captivity for two days, after which she had been thrown from a car. She has been admitted to the hospital and her statement has been recorded. She has alleged rape and the doctors are examining her," Singh said.
The incident is the second gangrape reported from Punjab this month, the first one being of a 30 year-old woman who was abducted by a bus driver and his conductor, and raped by them and their accomplices.