Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

5 women activists gang-raped at gunpoint in Jharkhand, sexual assaults filmed

5 women activists gang-raped at gunpoint in Jharkhand, sexual assaults filmed

They also said that the sexual assault was filmed to be used as leverage by their captors to prevent them from reporting it to authorities.

"An FIR (First Information Report) and a statement in court has been lodged". We are trying to identify the criminals. A group of men subsequently barged the school and abducted them.

The women worked for the non-governmental organisation Asha Kiran which is supported by a local Christian missionary group, police officer Rajesh Prasad said. Subsequently, a medical examination of the victims has been conducted and a hunt is on for all the accused who have been identified.

Pathalgadi is reportedly a practice adopted by several tribal villages in Jharkhand to declare their gram sabha as the only sovereign authority, rejecting the authority of central or state government.

Sister Julia George, project director at Asha Kiran in Ranchi, told Al Jazeera that men arrived at the scene on bikes and overpowered the NGO workers.

Three girls were raped and set on fire in India in one week in May, two of them in Jharkhand state. We have also announced a cash reward of Rs 50,000.

The women, however, did not inform the administration of the incident as they had been threatened by the perpetrators. The individuals were attacked because they were outsiders.

Police said an initial complaint was filed on Wednesday evening.

Jharkhand is among the top five states in India that report increasing cases of human trafficking, with traffickers targetting poor villages, convincing vulnerable families to send their daughters away for employment, campaigners said.

Thousands of people took to the streets across the country in late April, in some of the largest demonstrations seen in India since the highly publicized rape and murder of a female college student in Delhi in 2012.

"CBS News reported that the men accused of kidnapping and raping the 16-year-old at a wedding ceremony in Chatra, Jharkhand, bludgeoned the victim's parents when they were slapped with an appalling £550 fine before setting the teenager alight when finding her home alone".

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