On Saturday, police reported an allegation of a 22-year-old married woman from Chandigarh who said that she was raped by 40 men for four consecutive days after being held captive at a guest house in Morni area of Haryana’s Panchkula district. Following the allegations, three people were arrested.
The complaint was lodged at Manimajra police station on Friday. The women also alleged that she had been held captive for over 4 days.
The woman’s husband reported that she had been promised a job at the guest house, following which she was drugged for four days, raped and threatened that she and her husband would be “eliminated” if she revealed the incident to anyone.
“One of the accused had promised a job to her at the guest house. He had agreed to employ her at a monthly salary of Rs. 11,000 to 12,000 for cleaning the guest house. We did not know anybody, except him,” he stated.
“Every day, about 10 men would brutalise her and this continued for four days between July 15 and 18. Then she somehow managed to call me over phone and told me that she was in great trouble. I spoke to the guest house manager and told him to leave her or else I would call the police. My wife later reached home and narrated the ordeal after which we lodged a police complaint,” he said.
The Chandigarh police lodged an FIR and transferred the case to Panchkula Police, under whose jurisdiction the event took place. The Panchkula police have set up a Special Investigation Team under IPS officer Anshu Singla, currently posted as ASP, Panchkula.
Three police personnel — two Assistant Sub-Inspectors, including a woman officer, and a constable, have been suspended for negligence over the matter, and failure to inform the higher-ups.
“They have been suspended for negligence in dealing with it, failing to proactively pursue the matter and not informing senior officers in the sensitive matter,” he said. “The case is being transferred to Panchkula police from Chandigarh,” PTI reported.
The CCTV footage of the guest house will reportedly be scanned.