Bhopal: Despite stringent COVID-19 lockdown prohibitions in place, an 18-year-old woman was allegedly raped by seven persons, including three minors, when she was returning to her village in Betul district of Madhya Pradesh with her brother, police said on Thursday.
The incident took place on the intervening night of April 29-30 when the girl travelling with her brother on a bike and near Ghodadongri Tehsil local men stopped them. As the girl's brother objected to the act, the accused beat him up and threw him in a well nearby. The men then took turns to rape the girl and fled from the scene.
The police have taken five accused, including the three minors, into custody while two are absconding, an official said.
Kotwali Police Station in-charge Rajendra Dhurve informed the woman was returning on a motorbike with her 21-year-old brother on Wednesday night to their village.
After being freed by the accused, the woman took out her brother from the well and reached the village in the morning, Dhurve said. They later filed a police complaint, he said.
Two of the accused, identified as Shubham Bele (22) and Sandeep Khatiya (23), and three minors were taken into custody, he said. The other two accused, identified as Lokesh Soni (22), a resident of Nemawar (Dewas district), and a local resident, Pawan Bele (24), are absconding, the police officer said.
Dhurve said the accused have been booked under IPC sections 376 (rape), 365 (kidnapping) and 307 (attempt to murder).
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