Dahod: Two teen sisters, the older barely 15, were allegedly gang-raped in a moving car by six men in front of their father in Gujarat’s Dahod, about 200 km from capital Ahmedabad on Wednesday.
The alleged attackers, the police said, wanted to punish the family after the girls’ brother accused one of them of bootlegging. Gujarat is a dry state.
Five men have been arrested and a sixth rapist is on the run, a police officer said. Seven more people who played a role in kidnapping the girls are also missing.
He said one of the men arrested, a man called Kumat Baria, had been named in a police complaint by the brother of the girls for selling liquor to him, which is prohibited in Gujarat.
On Wednesday morning, the police said, Baria and his accomplices, about 13 men, drove up on motorcycles and an SUV at the village shop that the father runs. They allegedly dragged the girls and the father into the SUV, and drove away.
Six men then allegedly took turns to rape the girls, before pushing them and the father out of the car about 25 km away from their shop.
The Dahod police said a case of gang-rape and abduction has been registered and also a case under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, a special law enacted in 2012 to protect children from sexual offenders.
Gujarat has been a dry state, right from the 1960s when the state was carved out of Mumbai. It had continued with the prohibition policy, emulated later by some other states including Nagaland and Bihar.