CHANDIGARH: In a new twist to the gang rape case of 22-year-old married woman by around forty men in Morni near Panchkula recently, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Haryana Police has arrested the lady's husband over his involvement in a sex racket. Already nine other people have been arrested in this case.
Police sources claim that the per phone records and call details the husband of the lady who was gang-raped and the main accused Sunil Kumar alias Sunny were in touch with each other from their mobile phones between July 15 and 18 (when the gang rape took place) as there are around ten phone conversations between the two. Sources further claim that the lady's husband was arrested in this connection as he is also allegedly part of a sex racket, which was being run by main accused Sunny and his manger Avtar.
The lady's husband who works as a tailor in Manimajra in Chandigarh was produced before a court in Panchkula today. He was detained by the Panchkula Police yesterday evening when the police had called him to identify some suspects in the case.
The 22-year-old woman was allegedly raped at a guest house in Kaimbwala village in Morni for three days by around forty men between July 15 and 18. The SIT formed by the Panchkula Police has already arrested eight people including some clients in this case.
Deputy Commissioner of Police of Panchkula RK Meena said, " The police is investigating the sex racket angle in this case. At present we cannot share more details. Once the investigations are over then the details will be divulged."
For taking no action on the complaint of the woman when she came to Panchkula Police that she was gang raped, the Haryana Police had yesterday transferred Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP, Women) Mamta Sodha and station house officer (SHO) of Woman Police Station Rajesh Kumari. Already Assistant Sub Inspector posted at the women police station in Sector 5, Panchkula Saraswati and a woman constable besides another ASI had been suspended for negligence in the matter and failing to inform higher officials about the incident when she approached her with a complaint on July 19. The role of SHO Rajesh Kumari was under the scanner after the suspended ASI claimed that she was acting on the orders of the SHO.
The lady claimed that her husband was being falsely implicated and framed. She has been asking for investigations to be transferred to Chandigarh Police. As Chandigarh Police had initially registered the case as Haryana Police had refused to do so and later transferred to Haryana Police. The lady and her husband have claimed in their complaint that Sunil Kumar alias Sunny lured the victim by offering a job as a domestic help in his farmhouse for Rs 12,000 per month but, instead of taking her there took her to a guesthouse and gave sedatives thus she was not fully conscious and then some 40 people raped in over three days. She finally managed to escape on July 18.