An 18-year-old newlywed woman was allegedly gang-raped by seven men on Saturday night in Bhithali village of Shinor Taluka in Vadodara district, India, after she was kidnapped from her home.
The woman had migrated to Bhithali few days ago with her husband and in-laws in search of work. The victim's family is a native of Nishana village of Nasvadi Taluka in Chota Udepur. The family was employed by a farm owner in the village to do labour work in the fields. The local police sub-inspector J M Waghela confirmed the news to the press.
According to Times Of India, Waghela said that the woman's husband rushed to the farm owner soon after she was kidnapped. The farm owner immediately called the police who rushed to the spot.
"The accused barged into the house where she and her family were sleeping and dragged her to an open field nearby. They took turns to rape her.
The accused had their faces covered and threatened to kill them before they abducted the woman and gang-raped her. The family is in state of shock."
"The woman was dragged to an isolated place in the fields by the accused. She was later found about 1.5 km far from her dwelling."
The woman is currently being treated at the SSG Hospital, said Waghela;
"According to the complainant, the seven accused were between the age of 25 and 30. Investigations are on to identify the accused. We are also awaiting the victim's medical reports."
This is the second incident of gang rape in central Gujarat in last five days. On January 14, a 14-year-old girl was raped and murdered by four persons in village in Mahisagar district. The accused, who raped the girl, later strangled her and hung her by a tree in the forest.