BPO employee gang-raped in Bengaluru, two accused arrested

Bengaluru: Two men were arrested on Tuesday for alleged gang-rape of a 22-year-old call centre employee here at knife point in their moving van after they offered to ferry her home.

Police said the accused were nabbed after the victim gave the random digits of the vehicle’s numberplate.

The woman was waiting to hail a bus to return to her PG home and boarded the van which stopped by offering her a drop, City Police N S Megharikh told reporters.

“She was waiting for the BMTC (Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation) bus along with her friend to return to her PG home and boarded the van which stopped by and offered a drop. Her friend, however, insisted not to board the vehicle, but she (the victim) did not heed her appeal,” the Police Commissioner said.

The woman, who hails from Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, was allegedly gang-raped on the night of October three by the vehicle driver and the cleaner, Megharikh said, adding the victim was taken to a deserted spot before she was dropped in Madiwala area here.

Police said for nearly three hours, the two men drove around deserted places of the Madivala area and raped the woman.

The men allegedly dumped the woman near a temple. The woman called her sister with whom she stays and friends, who rushed to the spot and took her to the St.John’s Hospital nearby.

She was admitted to the hospital on Sunday and discharged yesterday, Megharikh said.

Asked whether the police will take action against the BPO company for not following the labour guidelines, Megharikh said, “We will look into the matter and do the needful.”

The incident has come as a grim reminder of the 2012 gang rape of a paramedical student in Delhi, who later died, triggering a massive outrage across the nation.

In 2005, a 24-year-old employee of a city-based multi-national firm was raped and murdered by the cab driver who was later sentenced for life.