An open expanse abutting a slum in outer Delhi’s Aman Vihar, the haunt of the area’s lovers, became the site of a shocking incident when two girls aged 17 and 18 were allegedly gang-raped by five youngsters on Wednesday evening. The male friends of the girls were thrashed by the youths, some of whom may even be minors, when they fought back. Relying on the description provided by the girls, police arrested four of the youths on Thursday.
The girls told police that they were sitting with their boyfriends under a tree at the NDPL Ground near the Mundka metro station, when the five youths, who claimed to be security guards there, approached them and started manhandling them. When the two boyfriends, aged 19 and 20, tried to ward off the assault, they were thrashed and tied up by two of the accused, who threatened to get them arrested.
The youths then dragged the girls to the bushes nearby and raped them in turns. The girls claimed being told they would be killed if they resisted. Later the assailants let them off after warning them not to approach the police. The girls said they untied their boyfriends and approached a PCR vehicle on the road nearby and reported the incident. They were taken for medical examination where doctors confirmed rape.
The accused are, according to the locals, antisocials who live in the slum neighbouring the ground. The residents there said that the youths had molested some other women earlier too, but the victims had not reported the matter to the cops to avoid social stigma.
On Thursday evening, an Aman Vihar police station team identified four of the five accused and arrested them. On sustained interrogation, the quartet admitted to raping the girls. They pleaded they were minors and police are verifying their ages. A manhunt has been launched to nab the fifth accused, who reportedly led the youths.
An FIR has been registered under IPC Sections 376 2 G (gang rape), 323 (causing hurt) and 341 (wrongful restraint) at the Aman Vihar police station. The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act has also been invoked.
The girls, daughters of construction labourers, were employed at a factory nearby and often visited the empty plot to meet their boyfriends, who worked at a metro construction site nearby. Locals reported that since the place had no illumination, it was frequented by couples seeking privacy.