Gone are the days when people used to say ‘Bengaluru is one of the safest cities in India’ or ‘Bengaluru is quite safe as compared to Delhi’. Two gang rapes that have come to light in a span of ten days have rocked India’s silicon valley, which was purported as one of the ‘safest’ cities in the country.
In the first incident, a 28-year-old woman from Nepal was gang-raped by five unidentified men at Avadi Devanahalli in Anekal on Thursday, November 23. A group of five men dragged her to the deserted house while she was asleep at a bus stop. The victim was also badly assaulted until she fell unconscious and the men left the house thinking she was dead. When she regained consciousness after two days, she limped out of the deserted house and sat at the bus stop.
The details about the rape surfaced when the woman was spotted in semi-nude condition and rescued by NGO volunteers, Parijata and Shankar on Saturday, November 25. She was taken to the Bowring Hospital and police were informed about the incident. She suffered multiple fractures.
While talking about the gruesome incident to a leading daily, Amit Singh, SP, Bengaluru Rural, said,
A special team has been formed to nab the accused and we will check for CCTV footage from the locality to identify the culprits. We suspect that it was committed by the men who stay in the same locality.
In another incident, a 24-year-old garment factory worker was allegedly gang-raped by four men at her house in Dombarahalli in Madanayakanahalli on November 16. The local police have arrested three men – Raghavendra, a history-sheeter in Rajagopalnagar police station, and his friends Venkatesh, an auto driver, and Puneeth, after a complaint was filed by the victim and her husband. While the fourth accused, Vijay Kumar, is absconding.
While talking to a leading daily, the police said that the accused went to the victim’s house on November 16 to confront her husband over a financial issue. However, her husband was not at home. When the men realised that woman was alone at home, they allegedly raped the woman.
But when her husband did not return home for many days, she approached the Madanayakanahalli police, who during the course of their investigation found out that she had been raped.
The police said,
She was in a state of shock and did not report the rape.
Also, a 19-year-old nurse who was returning from her night shift was raped inside a moving bus on November 6. On October 17, a 24-year-old sex worker was gang-raped by six men and was found on the streets of Bengaluru.
After such cases have come to the fore, the biggest question that remains is whether Bengaluru is not safe for women anymore?
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