Puttur, July 03, 2019: An incident wherein five students reportedly gang raped a girl who is also a student, after luring her into their trap, has come to light of late. Shockingly the video of the incident has been uploaded online.
The incident occurred sometime in late March or early April. An FIR has been registered in the case and police have arrested five men – Prajwal, Kishan, Prakyath, Gurunandan and Sunil - in connection with the incident. All of the accused are residents of Puttur, and all of them are 19 years old.
Kishan, Prajwal, Prakyath, Sunil and Gurunandan
"According to the woman, the incident occurred at the end of March or the start of April. She did not reveal this to anyone at home since she was scared. They were threatening her with the video," BM Laxmi Prasad, Dakshina Kannada Superintendent of Police, told media.
According to police officials, the five men and the victim were students of a college in Puttur and were friends with each other, although they were not classmates.The accused are reportedly active members of Puttur unit of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.
The district police decided to take suo motu action in the case to stop the circulation of the video. In a statement issued on Wednesday, BM Laxmi Prasad said, “We have taken note of a video involving 3 to 4 boys with a girl is being circulated via WhatsApp. The police will take up a suo motu case in this regard. We urge members of the public not to broadcast referenced videos on social media or to save referenced videos on their phones /computers."
The statement further said that those found circulating the video, including admins of WhatsApp groups, will be charged under section 354 C (voyeurism) of the IPC, and sections 66 E (violation of privacy) and 66 A (sending offensive messages through communication service) of the IT Act.
The police have also registered an FIR at the Women’s Police Station in Puttur, under section 376 D(gang rape) of the Indian Penal Code, and sections under the The Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.