According to the police, the victim and her husband were engaged in a quarrel at the bus stop, stemming from a domestic dispute. As the argument escalated, the six men intervened and began assaulting the victim’s husband.
“They dragged women, thrashed her husband, and one of the accused, Lingaraja, raped her,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police, Gangavati, Siddalingappa Gowda Patil.
“After raping her, the gang abused and allegedly harassed the victim,” DCP added.
The police have identified the accused as Lingaraja, Moula Hussain, Shivakumar Swamy, Prashanta, Mahesh, and Madesh. All of them have been arrested in connection with the incident.
In a similar incident that occurred a month ago in Hangal, Haveri district, a group of men reportedly barged into a lodge room and assaulted a couple for their interfaith relationship. The woman later claimed to have been a victim of gang rape. The police are currently investigating both cases and taking necessary actions to ensure justice for the victims.
(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme court directives on cases related to sexual assault)
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