Woman gang-raped in Bihar

Patna, May 22 (IANS) A 22-year-old woman was gang-raped while her boyfriend was beaten up by three men in Bihar’s Banka district, police Wednesday said.

The attack took place Tuesday evening when the woman and the youth were on a trip to Banka’s Mandar Parvat (hill). They asked a group of shepherds for directions but were taken to a secluded spot instead and held hostage for about three hours.

“Both were held hostage and three men took turns to rape the woman. The assailants also looted cash from the duo before leaving,” Dhirendra Kumar, a district police official, said. The victims later reached the Barahat police station and registered a first information report (FIR) against the assailants.

“Police will not spare the accused,” Banka Superintendent of Police Pushkar Anand said while confirming the gang-rape and robbery. He said that efforts were on to arrest the attackers.

Mandar Parvat is a small hill which is frequented by people for pilgrimage. It has many references in Hindu mythology as Mandarachal Parvat. Banka is about 255 km from the Bihar capital Patna.

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