Thursday, March 7, 2013

Another rape in Delhi-NCR: Call centre employee abducted, gangraped in Gurgaon

Ajay Kumar
Gurgaon, Thursday, March 7, 2013 | 12:29 IST

In a shocking reminder of how vulnerable women are in the National Capital Region, a 24-year-old employee of Convergys BPO was abducted and gang-raped by two unidentified men in a moving car in Gurgaon on Wednesday evening.

According to the police, the woman had just finished her afternoon shift at 7 pm and was waiting for a cab outside her office at Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, when the incident occurred.

A car stopped near her and as she went closer thinking it was her office cab, she was abducted at gunpoint from the service lane. The accused drove for more than two hours on MG road and adjoining roads as they took turn to rape her. The victim was dumped around 10 pm near Old Gurgaon bus stand.

The distraught woman made a call to her office, which in turn informed the police.
Although the victim initially hesitated to register a complaint and undergo medical in Gurgaon tests, she was convinced later. On her complaint, the police have registered a case at DLF Phase-2 police station against unknown people. A medical examination has confirmed rape, police officials said.

"The victim was waiting for her office cab at service lane of the E-way, and mistook the Wagon R approaching towards her as her office cab. An unidentified person in the car pulled her inside and sped away," said Alok Mittal, police commissioner of Gurgaon.

The car occupants held her hostage at gun point and drove towards MG road via E-way.

The woman is a native of Hyderabad and lives in South Delhi with her husband. Police sources said the victim was initially too horrified to register a complaint, and had not deposed before the magistrate till late evening.

Ironically, the incident took place days after the IT-BPO industry led by Nasscom finished the celebration of Women Safety Month in February. Also, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is visiting a village in Gurgaon on Friday and the security has been tightened in the Millennium City.

After the December 16 gang rape incident in the Capital, Nasscom had decided to celebrate February as Women Safety Month in solidarity with women. About 32 per cent of the workforce in Indian IT-BPO industry is women. At least 50 different programs, including the identification of less safer routes taken by the BPO employees, were organized by Nasscom in different campuses.

Earlier this year, the Delhi Police had requested the ministry of home affairs, to give them powers to arrest the cab drivers flouting rules related to safety of women under section 133 (1) b of the CrPC.

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