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Indian gang rape victim raped by same men again

AFP, NEW DELHI

An Indian student was recovering in hospital after being gang raped by a group of men including some charged with sexually assaulting her three years earlier, an officer said yesterday.

Police in Haryana State were hunting for the five, accused of abducting the 21-year-old student of the lowest Dalit caste from outside her college before drugging and raping her in a car.

The student was found unconscious in bushes on the side of a highway on Wednesday night last week in Haryana which borders New Delhi, in the country’s latest shocking sexual attack.

Haryana deputy superintendent of police Pushpa Khatri said the student, who is still in hospital, has identified all five men — two of whom are currently on bail awaiting trial for raping her in 2013.

“She has identified the five accused and two of them were involved in the gang rape of the student in Bhiwandi District in 2013,” Khatri said. “We have formed several teams to arrest the accused.”

The woman’s family has accused the five of threatening them in the lead-up to Wednesday’s attack, demanding that they withdraw the rape case lodged after the 2013 assault.

“The accused were constantly threatening us to compromise outside the court. They even offered us a hefty amount for settlement. But we didn’t agree,” the victim’s brother was quoted by the Hindustan Times as saying.

The family also alleged they were forced to move to Rohtak District in the state from a neighboring district after the 2013 attack because of harassment by the accused.

The most recent official figures show that 36,735 rapes were reported nationwide in 2014, although activists say the true number is likely higher because of the social stigma attached to sexual crimes.

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