BIHAR: A 16-year-old girl was gang-raped at knife point by three men in a moving Scorpio car in Bihar’s southern Banka district. The three accused have been arrested and the Scorpio has been seized, police said on Sunday.
The incident took place at Barahat, 15 km off the district headquarters town of Banka.
The girl was picked up by the three men in a Scorpio car when she was on her way home from a medicine shop on Wednesday evening. The three men allegedly brandished a knife at her, asking her to keep quiet.
“She was also taken to a house at Barahat, where the three accused raped her and tortured her the whole night. According to the victim, who is now in a stable physical condition, she was released in the morning with the threat that she would be killed if she told anyone of the incident with her,” said Shibendra Kumar Das, the sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) of Banka.
Sources said the Scorpio car used in the girl’s abduction and gang-rape belonged to Dilip Yadav, brother of a former MLA Sanjay Yadav of Godda in Jharkhand. The three accused – Ashish Kumar, Ravi Shah and Bikram Kumar – were arrested a day later following raids conducted by police at several locations in the district. They were sent on a 14-day judicial remand by a local court.
The victim, a fatherless girl who quit her studies after class VIII due to her family’s poverty, told police that one of the three accused was an acquaintance of hers. Her mother, who runs the family with meager earnings from selling vegetables, said she and her daughter now fear for their lives.
“The little hut-like house in which the girl was kept in the night and gang-raped belongs to one Jugal Kishore, a man of unstable mind. The house has been sealed,” Prabhas Kumar Bharti, SHO of Barahat police station.
Banka SP Chandan Kumar Kushwaha has asked the investigating police officials to file a charge-sheet in this case within a month.
Bihar has witnessed a string of gang-rape cases in the past fortnight, causing alarm in society and prompting police to take measures to enhance public safety for women.