The latest high-profile victim of rape in India is a nurse who cared for the Delhi Woman whose rape and death triggered nationwide protests two years ago.
The 33-year-old woman, who says she had nursed the Delhi gang-rape victim in 2012, has alleged that four men raped her Monday night in a hut in a village in the north Indian state of Punjab, said Rajveer Singh Boparai, deputy superintendent of police at Mansa district, where the case was registered.
Two men were arrested Tuesday in response to the woman’s report, according to another police official, Bhupinder Singh Khatra.
Mr. Boparai said that the woman had told the police that she was a nurse and in 2012 was working at New Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital, where she had treated the student who was raped and murdered by six men on moving bus in late 2012.
Public outcry in the aftermath of that rape prompted a national dialogue about India’s efforts to combat crimes against women. Sexual assault laws were strengthened tyo increase the penalty for rape.On the nurse’s complaint, the police registered a case of rape and wrongful confinement against four men.
The woman told the police that on Monday evening she had arrived at Budhlada railway station in Punjab, to visit her friend. She was picked up by her friend’s relative and taken to a farm against her will and raped by four men, said policeman Mr. Boparai.
The woman, who has refused to undergo medical examination, is married and has one son, said Mr. Boparai.
The accused men could not be reached immediately for comment. The police said the men do not yet have legal representation.