Half a dozen men gang-rape 5 female workers of NGO at gunpoint in Jharkhand village

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The women were gang-raped while they were on a visit to Kochang village in Khunti district to create awareness against migration and human trafficking

The Hush Post: At least half a dozen men gang-raped five female members of an NGO at gunpoint in a village of Khunti district of Jharkhand state.

The incident that occurred on Tuesday was reported on Thursday. The women were gang-raped while they were on a visit to Kochang village in Khunti district to create awareness against migration and human trafficking. The incident came to light when the gang-rape victims contacted a social worker and the latter informed the cops about the matter, a report said on Friday.

The police have lodged an FIR and claimed to have identified the accused. But till now no arrests have been made in this regard. The police have launched a manhunt to arrest the accused. The FIR was registered by the police on Thursday. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Ranchi, Amol V Homkar, has constituted three teams to investigate the incident, the report said.

Initial probe points at the involvement of people associated with the Pathalgarhi movement in tribal villages of Jharkhand, the police said. The Pathalgarhi movement includes putting up big plaques that declare their gram sabhas as the only sovereign authority and bans ‘outsiders’ in their area, the report said.

“The survivors, in their statement, alleged that the accused threatened them not to enter the area without their permission to propagate the government’s agenda,” DIG Homkar was quoted as saying in the report.

Notably, the members of an NGO had gone to perform a street play to create awareness on human trafficking in Kochang village on Tuesday. Some unidentified men came and took them away on gunpoint in the same vehicle in which the performers had reached the village, the report said.

“The survivors said their male colleagues were beaten and made to drink their own urine before being locked up in the car. The culprits then took the survivors in the forest, gang-raped them and filmed the entire episode on their phones. The survivors said that they were held captive for four hours,” the cop was quoted as saying.

After an intervention by the police headquarters, an emergency meeting of officers was held in Khunti on Wednesday. “We have identified the survivors and the men accompanying them. All of them are adults. An FIR has been lodged and a medical board has been set up. The board is conducting medical examination of the survivors,” DIG Homkar was further quoted in the report.

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