3 held for gang-raping teen, then shooting her in UP; 2 other accused on the run

Three of the five accused have been arrested on charges of gang rape and attempt to murder a 19-year-old woman

india Updated: Oct 06, 2017 19:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustam Times, Lucknow
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A 19-year-old woman was gang-raped and then shot at by five men on the outskirts of Lucknow. (AFP file photo)

Three men were arrested on Friday for allegedly shooting at and injuring a 19-year-old woman after gang raping her in Lucknow, police said on Friday, the latest in a string of sexual attacks in a state with one of India’s highest incidences of crime against women.

Police identified the arrested with their first names -- Karan, Golu and Mukesh.

Two others named in the complaint lodged by the survivor’s family are Sandeep and Rohit, said Satish Kumar, superintendent of police, rural.

The woman, who was hit on the nose, is said to be out of danger.

The incident occurred on Wednesday night when the woman – who cannot be named for legal reasons – stepped out of her house to attend nature’s call in Malihabad village, on the outskirts of Uttar Pradesh’s capital city.

Despite the government’s push for building toilets at homes, millions of Indians still prefer to relieve themselves in the open, where, police say, many sexual assaults take place.

Curbing crime against women was one of the major pre-poll promise of the BJP which stormed to power in the state earlier this year but activists say little has changed on ground despite chief minister Yogi Adityanath forming so-called anti-romeo squads to curb sexual assault of women.

In the latest incident, the woman alleged that she was gang raped as one of accused, Sandeep, wanted to avenge his sister’s elopement in which the name of the survivor’s brother had emerged, said inspector Arun Kumar Singh of Malihabad police station.

The woman’s father said he was alerted by the sound of firing and found his profusely bleeding daughter lying on the ground, barely 100 metres from their house.

The woman was taken to a hospital in Balrampur from where she was referred to the king George Medical University’s trauma centre.

The woman narrated the incident to him after she was able to speak on Thursday. One of the accused fired on her when she threatened to approach the police, he told police.

The accused have been booked for gang rape and attempt to murder.

First Published: Oct 06, 2017 18:57 IST