Trigger warning: Rape
A tourist from Spain was allegedly gang-raped in Jharkhand’s Dumka district, police said on Saturday.
Three persons have been arrested in connection with the incident and a manhunt has been launched to nab the remaining accused, while a special investigation team (SIT) has been formed to probe the incident, they said. The incident took place at Kurumahat in Hansdiha police station area, around 300 km from the state capital Ranchi, on Friday night when a tourist couple from Spain was spending the night at a makeshift tent.
The couple had reached Dumka from Bangladesh on two motorcycles and was en route to Bihar and then Nepal.
The survivor has been admitted to a hospital, the official added. Dumka Superintendent of Police Pitambar Singh Kherwar said Hansdiha police patrolling team found two people on the side of the road around 11 pm on Friday.
“The patrolling team sensed that something had happened to them. Since they were speaking in Spanish, the police could not understand what they were saying. However, the policemen brought them to a local hospital assuming they needed some treatment,” he said. The Spanish couple told doctors about the incident of sexual assault, he said.
“We were informed about the incident around 1.30 am on Saturday. The investigation started as soon as we received the information. We spoke to the victim. Thereafter, we detained some people and during interrogation, they admitted their involvement.
“The accused also took some other names. We are also taking the help of a forensic team and the CID in this regard,” he said. The SP said that police were not informed earlier about the arrival of any foreign tourists in Dumka.
Dumka Civil Surgeon Baccha Prasad Singh told PTI that the woman, aged around 28, and her 64-year-old husband were undergoing treatment at Phulo Jhano Medical College and Hospital in Dumka where they reached on motorcycles from Saraiyahat Community Health Centre, covering a distance of about 60 km with police escort. “The medical examination of the victim will be done by a medical board comprising three gynaecologists, a radiologist, an orthopaedic and a dentist, headed by superintendent of the medical college, Dr Anupuran Purti,” the civil surgeon said.
Meanwhile, another official, on condition of anonymity, said seven to eight local youths were involved in the incident.
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