26-year-old woman gang-raped and tortured in Kushinagar

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A 26-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped and tortured in Kushinagar, 50 km from Gorakhpur, for refusing to work as a dancer in troupe, police said on Saturday. The latest shocker from Uttar Pradesh came to light after the woman escaped from the clutches of her captors and took refuge at a friend’s house in Gorakhpur. The police have recorded the woman’s statement and sent her for a medical examination. “An FIR has been registered against the suspects on the basis of the complaint filed by the woman’s mother. Police teams are on the lookout for the suspects,” said Brijesh Kumar, station house officer of Gorakhpur’s Cantonment police station. The victim, who works in Varanasi, had come to Gorakhpur to visit her mother last week. Here, her mother’s friend, a woman, pressurised her to join her troupe as a dancer, police said citing the mother’s complaint. When she refused, the woman took her to Kushinagar on the pretext that she needed her help for a wedding in her family. When she refused to dance there, she was allegedly gang-raped by five men on the instructions of her mother’s friend besides being denied food. According to complaint lodged with the police, the alleged rapists also inflicted burn injuries on her private parts. On Friday morning, when her captors were sleeping, she jumped off the roof of the building and escaped, police said.

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