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Tribal woman allegedly gang-raped by ten people, including her husband

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Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh: A tribal woman was allegedly gang-raped by ten people, including her husband, paraded naked and forced to drink urine in front of her minor son, following a land dispute.

After the woman lodged a complaint in which she alleged that the attack was carried out at the behest of her husband, all the accused were nabbed, the police said today.

The incident occurred three days ago at Bhiali Kheda village, under the Piplod police station, and the victim reported the matter on 13 June to the police after her family brought her to Khandwa district hospital, the police said.

Acting on the complaint, the police yesterday arrested all the ten people allegedly involved in the gang-rape, including the victim’s husband, relatives and other villagers, deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Women’s Cell, Khandwa, Sunita Rawat told reporters on Saturday.

The woman mentioned that before raping her, the accused manhandled her, paraded her naked and when she asked for water, they forced her to drink urine in front of her minor son, Rawat said, quoting the police complaint.

Meanwhile, the woman’s husband claimed before members of the news media that, she was levelling baseless allegations against him and the other villagers because of a land dispute and also said that he doubted her character.

The police have registered a case under IPC (Indian Penal Code) sections 376 (g) (gang-rape), 354 (b) (act with intent to disrobe a woman), 294 (obscene acts and songs), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) against the accused and are further probing the incident.

The victim was undergoing treatment at the district hospital, where women constables and the Piplod police station in-charge were deployed for her security, DSP Rawat added.

There has been nation-wide outrage against a recent string of sexual assaults on women.

The issue came into fresh focus following the gang-rape and murder of two teenage cousins, whose bodies were found hanging from a tree in the Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh.

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