Woman gang raped by 2 men in a moving car on Yamuna Expressway
The victim had known the accused as he had dropped her home a couple of times before.
On April 15, 24-year-old Priyanka* got off from work and headed home. An employee at a firm of chartered accountants, she waited for a ride outside her office in Greater Noida. At around 5 pm, 28-year-old Salman Malik offered a lift to her in his car. He was an acquaintance of hers and she had known him for a while. In fact, he had dropped her home a couple of times before as well. So, when he offered to take her home, Priyanka didn't suspect anything. However, Salman had other plans in mind.
On his way, he called his friend--a 26-year-old Sajid and asked him to join them. After picking him up, he drove towards Yamuna Expressway. A few minutes into ride, they gagged the woman. They also raised the volume of the stereo and took turns raping her in the moving car.
A medical examination of the woman was conducted but the reports are yet to arrive. Meanwhile, both the accused have denied the charges and dubbed them as false.
"The woman hails from Meerut and works with a chartered accountant in Greater Noida. She stays at a rented accommodation in the city. She told police that Malik had dropped her home in the past as well and hence she did not hesitate to take lift in his car on Saturday," said SP Singh, station house officer (SHO) of Kotwali police station, in an interview to a leading daily.
Salman works as a scrap dealer and lives in Dadri in Greater Noida. Despite refuting the charges, he admitted that the woman had accompanied them to a wedding in Agra.
"We have registered a case under section 376 (D) (gangrape) of the IPC against the two men. Our investigations are on," Superintendent of police (SP), city, Mathura, Shrawan Kumar Singh, further said.
It's a sorry state of affairs for women in this country. They are not safe on roads, inside their homes, and even inside temples. And that's a shame!
(*Name has been changed to protect identity)