Delhi gangrape victim’s nurse alleges rape in Punjab
A staff nurse working at Safdarganj Hospital, New Delhi, who claimed to be part of the team that treated the Delhi gangrape victim (who died in December 2012), has alleged that she was gangraped at Budhlada in Mansa district on Monday.
The police have registered a case against four persons under sections 376 (rape), 363 (kidnapping), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Two of the accused, identified as local residents Lakhwinder Singh and Rajvir Singh, have been arrested.
Police sources said the Delhi-based nurse claimed that she arrived at the Budhlada railway station on Monday and was picked by Lakhwinder, whose wife Ramandeep Kaur was known to her. She alleged that Lakhwinder took her to a room at an isolated place near Hasanpur village, where three women and two men were already present. The nurse reportedly told the police that she was gangraped there. Later, Lakhwinder allegedly brought her back to the railway station. When she raised the alarm, he ran away, she claimed.
As per police sources, the nurse first met Ramandeep in Delhi a few months ago. Seeing that Ramandeep was upset over a marital dispute, the nurse reportedly allowed her to stay at her house. A few days later, Ramandeep called her husband Lakhwinder, who came to Delhi and took her back to Budhlada. The nurse reportedly told the police that she recently got a call from Lakhwinder, who claimed that Ramandeep was in a critical condition and wanted to meet her. Following this, the nurse left for Budhlada and reached there on Monday.
Sources said the nurse had refused to undergo a medical examination, adding that the police had noticed inconsistencies in her statement.