A 19-year-old college student who was rewarded by the President after she topped the CBSE board exam was allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped by a group of men in Haryana on Wednesday.
She was allegedly raped till she fell unconscious, and dumped at a bus stand.
The second-year student was on her way to a coaching centre near her village when three young men, who came in a car, allegedly kidnapped her and dragged her to a field, where they raped her.
A few other men who were already at the field also took turns to rape her, the police said. The woman says all the men are from her village.
Senior police officer AS Chawla said a medical examination of the woman has been conducted. "We are looking to arrest the three accused... they dropped her back (at the bus shelter) and called her parents to tell them about her location," the police officer said.
Her parents have alleged the police initially refused to take their complaint and file a First Information Report or FIR. They said they had been running from one police station to another, hoping to file a complaint, after the accused threatened them.
"My daughter was rewarded by Modi ji after she topped the CBSE board exams. Modi ji says 'beti padho, beti bacho', but how? I want justice for my daughter. Police have taken no action yet," the woman's mother told news agency ANI.
A police officer, however, claimed a "zero FIR" was filed against the accused based on the woman's complaint. A zero FIR is filed in a police station which is not in charge of the area where the crime took place, and can be transferred to the relevant police station.
The police said the zero FIR was converted into a regular FIR this morning after it was successfully transferred to the police station under whose area of watch the crime took place.
Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar said the "guilty will be punished". "Law will take its own course," he said.