17-year-old girl working as a domestic help gangraped by five persons

New Delhi: A 17-year-old girl working as a domestic help at a JNU professor’s residence was allegedly gangraped at an apartment in Munirka, police said today.

Four out of the five persons involved in the crime have been detained by police, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Prem Nath said.

According to the police, the incident took place around 4.30 PM yesterday when the girl went to a footwear store to get her sandal repaired just outside the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus where a friend of hers persuaded her to sit inside his car.

When she boarded the vehicle, she found out that some other youths were also present inside.

She was allegedly offered a drink which was laced with sedatives and once she fell asleep, the accused took her to a rented room in Munirka colony where she was allegedly raped.

When the girl regained her consciousness, one of the accused got her dressed and dropped her at the campus in a scooter.

She later developed pain in her lower abdomen, for which she was taken to a hospital, where rape was confirmed.

Agitated over the incident, a group of JNU students and teachers staged a demonstration outside Vasant Kunj (North) police station demanding that the accused be arrested.

“The incident is reflective of the lessons that we have learnt from December 16 gangrape. We demand that the accused be arrested and we will also raise the issue of security on campus with the Vice-Chancellor tomorrow,” said Saurabh Sharma, Joint Secretary JNU Students’ Union.

The first accused to be detained was the youth whom the girl identified. He later disclosed the names of the others, said police.

“A case under relevant sections of IPC and POCSO Acts have been registered. The four accused detained so far are being questioned. A team is searching for the fifth one involved in the case,” Prem Nath said.