- Six men abducted 11-member group including five women
- The women work for Asha Kiran, a non-profit group
- Two of the six men have been arrested
The six men had abducted an 11-member group including the five women, who were in the largely tribal district, Khunti, about 100 km from state capital Ranchi for an awareness campaign in a school, drove them into a dense forest about 30 minutes away and gang-raped the women between the ages of 20 and 35,
Their torture continued even after the men were done.
The women were violated with the branch of a tree, a pistol and tobacco.
But the six men did not stop. The gang-rape had continued for nearly four hours and they also forced the women to drink their urine also.
"This was not a crime of passion," Mr Mallick said about the men who had also filmed the assault on mobile phones. "It was a conspiracy to teach them a lesson".
The women work for Asha Kiran, an NGO which is supported by a local Christian missionary group, and were performing for students of RC Mission School.
When the women and the male members returned to the school after their release, Father Alfonso Alien, the priest who runs the school, allegedly told them not to file a complaint, put the rape behind them and move on.
According to a police complaint filed against the priest by Sanjay Sharma, described as team leader of the troupe, the priest had not reported their abduction and dissuaded them from reporting the rapes too.
Mr Mallick said the priest had also been arrested for multiple offences under the penal code including suppressing a crime.
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