30-year-old woman raped, filmed by 5 men in Rajasthan’s Pali
Five men have been arrested for allegedly raping a 30-year-old woman in Rajasthan’s Pali, a month after another woman was waylaid and sexually assaulted in Alwar, the police said on Tuesday.
According to the police, the alleged sexual assault took place on May 26 but the woman’s family approached them on Monday after one of the accused called them to demand money. He also threatened to circulate the video of the crime on social media.
The accused have been identified as Jitendra Banjara, 20, Govind Banjara, 20, Dinesh Banjara, 20, Mahendra Banjara, 22, and Sanjay Banjara, 25.
The men allegedly stopped the woman and her neighbour, who were riding a motorcycle, in a deserted patch, gang raped her and filmed the act. The men, who were in an inebriated condition, also beat them and held them captive, the police said.
“Initially, the victim was in shock and feared that if she reported the incident to police, the accused would make her video viral and didn’t file a complaint for six days,” circle officer of Pali city Narayan Dan said.
“When her husband, a labourer, came back on June 2, an FIR was lodged and the statement of the victim was recorded and her medical examination was conducted,” Dan said.
The victim said in her complaint that while accused Jitendra and Mahendra sexually assaulted her, the rest beat up her neighbour and filmed the incident. The accused stopped torturing them when the two were semi-conscious. They threatened the victims of making the video of the gang-rape viral if they talked about the incident.
Dan said that no video of sexual assault has been recovered so far. “A video has been recovered but it’s not of the assault. In the video, the accused are threatening the victims and asking where they were going, why were they going and they will tell everybody about the rape,” Dan added.
One of the accused also threatened the male victim and demanded ~5,000 from him saying if he does not give the money he will circulate the video on social media. When the man refused to yield the accused threatened him.
The accused were arrested on charges of gang rape, wrongful restraint and assault.
In Alwar, five men had raped a Dalit woman in front of her husband on April 26 and later circulated the video of the crime on social media. All the accused have been arrested.