Woman gang-raped, blackmailed after Facebook tryst
BHOPAL: In a grim re-run of love, sex and betrayal, a
28-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped by four people, including a friend
she met on Facebook. She came to Bhopal with him to appear for an exam on April
26 when she was taken to a rented accommodation and gang-raped. Her Facebook
friend brought along three others, who forced her to consume a cocktail of
alcohol and tranquilisers and sexually assaulted her even as she tried to fight
back her attackers in drugged stupor.
The accused then shot her in the nude, clicked
pictures in the act and blackmailed her. The woman was forced to cough up money
to protect her privacy for several months till she broke down and went to
The four men, all residents of Damoh district, were
charged with gang rape. The case diary was transferred to Govindpura police
station in the city on Friday as the crime spot was a rented accommodation at
Bharti Niketan here. Accused are still on the run.
The rape survivor, who holds MA and BEd degrees, was
preparing for a competitive exam, besides teaching at a school in home town
Damoh, when she came in contact with main accused Sandeep Goswami on Facebook.
He began visiting her in guise of a teacher and befriended her, said police.
In April, the duo came to Bhopal. Goswami’s three
friends, Hariom Pandey, Anshul and Rohit also joined him at a rented place.
After she lost consciousness on consuming intoxicants, she was gang-raped. She
tried to escape, but she was again forced to consume liquor and gang-raped.
The accused forced the rape survivor to keep silent
through blackmail and extorted money, police said. The woman's patience got
over when Goswami made public one of her nude pictures to a youth there. The
harried woman went to police and narrated her horror story.