Monday, February 7, 2011

Five rape 21-yr-old accountant in Ghaziabad

GHAZIABAD: A 21-year-old woman, sitting with a friend by the roadside at Ghaziabad's CGO Complex, was allegedly gangraped by five men on Saturday night. The accused, all from a neighbouring village, pinned down the victim's 24-year-old engineer friend and beat him unconscious while committing the crime.

The engineer reported the rape to the police who have arrested all five accused and charged them with rape and robbery. Police said the victim, an accountant at a showroom in Noida's Sector 63, was too traumatized to lodge a complaint.

"We will provide protection to the victim and ensure that she is not harmed," Ghaziabad police chief Raghuvir Lal said while appealing to the victim and her parents to testify against the culprits or else they will walk away free.

Lal said the victim had met her friend on the internet and the two had been chatting online for quite a while. On Saturday night, they met for the first time in Noida and later rode on his motorcycle to Ghaziabad. The man lives in Ghaziabad's CGO Complex.

Around 9.30pm, they parked the motorcycle and sat down at a spot on the Raispur-Kamla Nehru Nagar Road. "The accused — Devendra, Monu, Tony, Jai Kishore and Manoj — all from Raispur, spotted the couple and started beating up the engineer. They also robbed his Dell Inspiron laptop and the mobile phones of the couple. Then, even as some of the assailants held the engineer down, the others took turns to rape the woman," Lal said.

The engineer told the police that the woman begged the accused to let her go. But the more she cried, the more they beat him up. The man told the police that he lost consciousness and came round after the culprits had escaped.

Kavi Nagar police station chief, Vijay Kumar, said, "The engineer dropped the victim to Noida and came to the police station around midnight. He filed the report of gangrape and robbery without giving us the name and address of the victim. He said she was too scared to come forward to pursue the case. But we are trying to reassure the victim and her family." 

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