A 23-year-old woman who was training to get into the police force was allegedly raped, filmed and blackmailed by three youths for nearly two weeks in Telangana’s Karimnagar district.
G Srinivas and M Anjaiah allegedly raped the woman, reportedly a Dalit, while M Rakesh filmed the crime on his cell phone even as she pleaded with them to let her go. They later blackmailed her threatening to post the video on social media and continued the assault for close to ten more days.
The youths were was preparing to join the police force and were the victim’s batchmates in the coaching class.
The woman informed her parents a few days ago following which the villagers beat up the accused on February 24 evening. The youths have been admitted to a hospital in Warangal district.
The locals say that the rapes took place at the Veenavanka Mandal Coaching Centre. The police have denied that the crime occurred inside the coaching centre.
A senior police officer said the incident took place on the outskirts of Veenavanka village on February 10 when the three accused, the complainant, and her woman friend were returning to their village after watching a movie.
“The trio took the two women to a hillock and it seems one of the women sensed danger and ran away. Two of the accused allegedly raped the victim while the third one shot a video on his cell phone,” the officer told PTI over phone.
The accused have been charged with rape and also under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the Information Technology Act, as per an NDTV report. The accused, M Rakesh, is in police custody while the other two are in the hospital.
With agency inputs.