Five women NGO workers were allegedly raped at gunpoint by a group of five men while spreading awareness on migration and human trafficking in Chochang village in Jharkhand, the police reported to ANI on Wednesday.
An 11-member team had gone to the village to perform a street play on the topic when a group of men arrived in the scene and took them to a nearby forest at gunpoint, the Superintendent of Police Ashwini Kumar Sinha said.
The National Commission for Women wrote to DK Pandey, the Director General of Jharkhand Police to inform them about the details of official action taken. It has also formed a three member team for probing and recommendations.
Investigation into the matter has revealed that the “the people behind ‘Pathalgarhi’ (a practice in which villagers inscribe various tenets on huge stone slabs and ban outsiders in their area), are behind the incident in the district on Tuesday”, said deputy Inspector General of Police Amol V Homker.
Sinha also said that the police had identified the culprits and eight people had been detained in this connection. Additionally, an FIR was also filed and three teams have been formed for the investigation. The medical examination of the women had also been completed.