Woman alleges gang rape, police file molestation complaint

June 21st, 2008 - 10:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Noida, June 21 (IANS) A 22-year-old woman was gang raped by a ‘godman’ practising occult and his associates but the Uttar Pradesh Police registered a complaint of molestation, the victim’s family alleged here Saturday. Om Prakash, the victim’s husband, said his wife had gone to Jhulla, a neighbour in village Sirsa Khanpur of Greater Noida district, to get medicines for him Thursday night.

“The ‘tantric’ (occult practioner) asked me to accompany him to a forested area to collect herbs for the medicines to cure my husband,” the 22-year-old victim told IANS.

“On reaching the spot I found two men already there. Both were drunk. The three then raped me.”

The victim managed to escape and reached a temple at Luxar village. The priest gave her clothes and sent her home.

When the family reached Kasna police station Friday morning to file a complaint, the police alleged that the victim had an illicit relationship with the accused, said Om Prakash.

But when local residents supported the victim, the police registered a molestation case, he said.

“The SO (station officer) delayed the case. now after 48 hours it will be difficult to prove the case of rape in the medical examination,” Om Prakash alleged.

No police official was available for comment even after repeated attempts to reach them.

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