A 17-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped by ten persons at a hotel in Jaipur, where she was taken to – on the pretext of job – by a couple who lives in her neighbourhood at outer Delhi’s Mongolpuri area. The girl managed to escape from the hotel and came back to Delhi within 24 hours after which she reported the matter to the police.
Six persons, arrested so far in connection with the incident, have been identified as Rocky, Rani, Mahesh, Anil, Arjun and Kamal, said DCP (Outer) Vikramjit Singh. Six more persons who had allegedly raped the girl are yet to be identified.
According to the police, the victim needed a job urgently and she had approached the couple Rocky and Rani, living in her neighbourhood. The couple claimed to have given jobs to several women in Delhi-NCR and nearby cities.
On August 30, the duo took the girl to Jaipur and lodged her at a hotel, where one of the accused, Mukesh, works as a manager. Mukesh and his associates allegedly raped her in turns until the girl managed to escape from the hotel and reached Delhi by a bus on August 31, Singh said. The matter was reported at Mongolpuri police station on September 1 by the minor, he said.
Rocky and Rina were arrested, police said, adding that they confessed to taking the girl to Jaipur to sell her off. Later a team was sent to Jaipur and the others were arrested, said a police official. It has also emerged that the hotel, where the crime took place, was earlier raided by police for aiding prostitution rackets, said the official.
“A case has been registered under Sections 372 (selling minor for purposes of prostitution, etc) and 376 G (gang rape) of IPC and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act,” said Singh.
The girl’s father works as a vegetable vendor and is an alcoholic. The girl was in a desperate need of employment to meet the daily needs of the family, said a police official. The police are now trying to ascertain the identities of six more persons who had allegedly raped the girl. CCTV footage obtained from the hotel and nearby premises are being monitored. The police are also checking records to ascertain if Rocky and Rani have criminal cases registered against them and whether they have trapped other victims as well, they added.