35-year-old woman ‘gang-raped’ by 17 men in Jharkhand

Dumka: A 35-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped by 17 men in the Mufassil area of Dumka on Tuesday evening.

“The incident allegedly took place when she was returning home from a market. She has been sent for a medical check-up,” said DIG Sudarshan Mandal.

The woman and her husband have filed a case against the accused at Mufassil police station. Police have started a probe.

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However, The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Thursday took suo motu cognizance of the alleged gangrape.

“The NCW has come across a media report of the alleged gangrape of a mother of five children by 17 men who held her husband hostage in Jharkhand’s Dumka district. The Commission is seriously concerned about the reported incident and has taken suo motu cognizance of the matter,” the NCW said in a statement.

The NCW said that its Chairperson Rekha Sharma has written to Director General of Police, Jharkand seeking adherence to guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs of completing probes in two months in cases of sexual assault.

“The Commission has also sought a detailed action taken report in the matter from the police. A copy of the letter has also been sent to Superintendent of Police, Dumka,” it added.

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