Madhya Pradesh: On being refused water, four gang-rape, brutalise woman with iron rod

She ran a small shop from her shanty built on a hillock in a desolate area in Sidhi district


A 45-year-old woman has been brutalised and raped in Madhya Pradesh’s Sidhi district, and is now being treated in hospital where she was admitted in a critical condition. According to a news report, the woman was raped after she refused to give water to four men who approached her late at night on Saturday. 

According to news reports, the police stated that the woman’s husband had died about four years ago, and her two children. Her sister lived in a shanty on a hillock near Hardi village, about 60 km from the district headquarters. She ran a small shop from her shanty. Her two sons, aged 16 and 18, were not at home at the time of the incident.

Manjulata Patle, additional superintendent of police, Sidhi was quoted by Hindustan Times stating that the woman was attacked by the men who “men tried to enter her house late at night on the pretext of asking for water. When the woman refused to give them water, the men broke into her house, raped her and injured her with an iron rod.” Police have stated that the four men, have been arrested on Sunday and were identified as residents of a neighbouring village.

The victim had been brutalised with the iron rod and subsequently fainted due to excessive bleeding, the police told the media, adding that her sister could not call anyone for help at that time as their house is in a desolate place. However she eventually managed to call an auto-rickshaw and took her to the police station, from where she was taken to the district hospital, and later referred to a medical facility in Rewa.

A case has been registered under Indian Penal Code Sections 376 (rape), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons), 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint) and 34 (common intention).  On Monday Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra told the media in Bhopal that no culprit will be spared and a speedy trial will be conducted.

Ironically, on Monday, both Mishra and MP Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan were guests of honour at an event on raising public awareness towards the safety of women in the state.



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