17-year-old girl abducted and gang raped in moving car amid Coronavirus lockdown

A disturbing case was reported from Bhopal, where a 17-year-old girl was abducted and raped in the car by 2 men on her way to the hospital. This is the second case in Bhopal after a blind woman was raped while she was sleeping in her room at her house.

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 22, 2020 14:40 IST

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Victim filed an FIR

The incident occurred on April 18th when the victim and her friend were heading to JP hospital. About 7:20 pm, a car stopped, pulling her from the hospital gate into the car. She was transported from there to a desolate place in BHEL Township, Govindapura during the lockdown.

According to the report, it was very surprising that a car was driving in the middle of the lockdown, and there was no concern on the part of the police. In the 6-8 km between JP Hospital and Govindapura, including Board Office Square, the car must have gone through police checkpoints, but they were not stopped anywhere. They took her to the desolate area of BHEL township after she was kidnapped from the gate of the hospital and stopped the car. The accused named as Shafiq Khan pulled her out of the car while another indictment mentions Abid Khan staying in the car. Shafiq pulled her onto open land, raping her. She shouted for help, but no one was around to hear her cries.

The incident came to light when the victim filed an FIR and recounted the ordeal against the two men. She further added that they dropped her near Mayur Park after 3 hours and told her that if she talked to anyone, then they would kill her, so she kept quiet. However, when she was called by her friend the next day to ask about the incident, she recounted the entire incident.

She filed a complaint at the local police station, which reported a zero FIR and transferred it to the police station in Habibganj, which was the jurisdiction of the hospital district. The FIR has been registered by police under POSCO Act.

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