A student in Karnataka was allegedly gang-raped and her boyfriend was beaten up after the couple refused to give money to a gang of robbers on Tuesday near Mysore, police said.
According to the FIR (first information report), a group of men surrounded the couple when they visited the Chamundi Hills in the outskirts of the city on Tuesday evening and asked them for money. They were attacked when they refused.
Two men allegedly raped the woman; her boyfriend was thrashed by the gang members.
Nearly 24 hours after the incident, the accused are still missing as the couple recovers in a local hospital.
“A case has been registered based on her statement. I have instructed the police to take stringent action against the culprits,” Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai was quoted as saying this evening by news agency ANI as the incident triggered outrage.
Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said he is visiting the city tomorrow “An FIR has been registered. Our officials have been sent to Mysuru from Bengaluru. I am also going to Mysuru tomorrow. This is a very unfortunate incident. Two students visited the forest near the helipad yesterday evening at around 7:30 pm,” he said.
“Some goons committed the crime after following them. The girl was admitted to a hospital at around 1:30 am. The information was received from the hospital by the morning. Further enquiry is being conducted. I have told the authorities to treat the matter very seriously,” Mr Jnanendra added.
The police have filed a gang-rape case under Section 376-D of the Indian Penal Code. No arrests have been made so far, police have said, adding that the probe is on.
Chamundi hills, about 13 kilometers off the city of Mysore, is among the state’s popular destinations where the famous Sri Chamundeswari Temple is located. Bengaluru, the state capital, is about 150 km away.