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Dalit woman gang-raped in Haryana village

A Dalit woman on her way to a marriage was abducted by six men, taken to a field and gang-raped at Roopgarh village in Jind district of Haryana on Tuesday.

It is the second such recent incident in the State after the gang rape of a Nepalese woman in Rohtak. The victim, who is from Harsola village in Kaithal district, was travelling with a relative. When their car reached Patiala Chowk, two of the accused, who were drinking nearby, spotted her. They and the others attacked the car with rods and smashed its windows. They beat up the woman’s relative.

The woman was taken to a nearby field and assaulted. When she raised an alarm, the accused threatened to kill her. They hurled casteist abuses at her.

She managed to reach the Sadar police station and file a complaint.

The police registered a first information report by invoking sections of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the Indian Penal Code.

Five of the accused have been identified as Chandrasekhar, Manoj, Jitendra, Kala and Sandeep, all of Kandela village. Superintendent of Police, Jind, Abhishek Jorwal said medical examination of the victim confirmed rape.

A manhunt has been launched for the culprits. Leader of the Congress Legislature Party Kiran Choudhary said the law-and-order situation in Haryana had gone from bad to worse and dastardly attacks on women had been on the rise.

The government has not yet commented on the incident.

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