The accused shot videos of the sexual assault on their mobile phones in Kerala’s Kozhikode and threatened the rape survivor of leaking her photos and video clips if she went to the police. (PTI)
The accused shot videos of the sexual assault on their mobile phones in Kerala’s Kozhikode and threatened the rape survivor of leaking her photos and video clips if she went to the police. (PTI)

Kerala woman travels 300km to meet her ‘online’ friend. She’s gang-raped, filmed

Police said the 28-year-old rape survivor travelled over 300km from Kollam in south Kerala to Kozhikode in the state’s northern region to meet the man she had been in touch with for two years.
By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2021 12:07 AM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: A 28-year-old woman who travelled 300 km to meet a man she befriended online was gang-raped by the man and his three friends in north Kerala’s Kozhikode, police said on Friday.

Police said the four drugged her, took turns to rape her and filmed the assault before they finally dumped her a short distance from a private hospital. They warned her against complaining to the police, threatening to put out videos and photos of the assault on the Internet.

“The hospital alerted the police,” assistant commissioner of police K Sudarshan said, adding that the accused left her near a hospital because they were afraid she may die. Her condition now is stable, he said.

The woman, who is still under treatment at the hospital, shared the phone number of the man she was in touch with and some other details to help the police track down the accused.

Police officer Sudarshan said two accused including P Anas, the man she became friends with over short video streaming mobile application TikTok, have been arrested.

“We have some leads about absconding two and they will be arrested soon,” the police officer said.

The woman, a resident of Kollam in south Kerala, had been in touch with Anas for nearly two years on social media. Anas insisted that they meet and invited her to come to Kozhikode. She finally made the trip on Thursday.

He took her to a flat in the city; his friends later joined in. The accused first forced the woman to drink liquor and then some substance, possibly narcotics, and then raped her one by one.

One of the accused has criminal antecedents, police said.

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