Police on Monday arrested four persons after a video of a woman being naked and thrashed by a gang of men in Karnataka’s Yadgir district went viral. The arrested people have been identified as autorickshaw drivers Ningaraju (24), Ayyappa (23), Bhimashankar (28) and Sharanu (22). Ayyappa works at a petrol pump, Bhimashankar sets up a paan shop and Sharanu sets up a street vendor. A senior police officer said that Ningaraju has also worked as a home guard and driver at Shahpura police station.
According to the complaint filed by the woman, the police have registered a case under sections 354 (b), 366, 394, 376 (d), 504, 506 of the Indian Penal Code and various sections of the SC/ST Act. Superintendent of Police CB Vedamurthy told The Indian Express that the incident happened a year ago. He said, “The incident happened a year ago on the Yadgir-Shahpur state highway. The area falls on the outskirts of the city.
This came to light only after the video went viral as the woman had not filed a complaint earlier. Police said, “Preliminary investigation revealed that the woman was waiting at the bus stop when the gang kidnapped her and assaulted her.
In the two-minute video, four to five men can be seen brutally thrashing the woman with cane sticks. The woman is also shown a photo and asked if it is hers. She begs them to leave her alone, but they say that even if they kill and burn her, no one will know.
According to a police officer, the woman and the accused were acquaintances and the attack was done out of revenge. While the police claimed that they were not aware of the incident which led to the attack. In the video, one of the attackers can be heard saying that he had given Rs 13,000 to the woman at a police station and asked her to return Rs 14,000.
The police officer who spoke to The Indian Express said, “The woman had earlier approached the police and lodged a complaint. Later a settlement was reached between the woman and the accused and the accused claimed that they had given Rs 13,000 to the woman to withdraw the complaint.