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Protests in Hyderabad over rape of student

20-year-old was allegedly drugged and tortured for 17 months by college canteen owner

  • Agencies
  • Published: 21:18 September 16, 2013
  • Gulf News

Hyderabad: Youth in Hyderabad have taken to streets and social networking sites to protest against police inaction in the alleged rape of a 20-year-old engineering student for nearly 17 months.

Satya Prakash Singh, 34, a native of Bihar — the owner of the canteen at TRR engineering college at Meerpet — allegedly drugged the victim and forcibly held her at his apartment for more than a year, media reports said.

The victim, in her statement - a copy of which was made available online - alleges that she was drugged by Singh on April 3, 2012, and taken to his apartment in Almasguda, Meerpet, where she was tortured for a month.

“I was raped, tortured and drugged by him for one month in a room in his flat. Whenever I become conscious, I shouted for help. Then he would threaten to kill me and torture me more,” she said.

The victim alleges was moved to another apartment in the same area after the owner of the house became suspicious about Singh’s activities.

She says police were informed after she took advantage of Singh’s absence and called her mother from his mobile phone.

The case came to light on September 6 and went viral on social networking sites. Most users were angered by police’s failure to nab the accused, despite the victim’s parents registering an official complaint.

Police officials said that they had arrested Singh but let him off after questioning. “We took him into custody after we were alerted. He did not admit that he had kidnapped her,” Santoshnagar inspector K.V.M. Prasad said, as quoted in a media report.

The victim’s family, however, alleges that Singh was let off because of his brother who is an influential man.

“We have started a probe checking all the allegations of the victim. The accused has been arrested and sent to judicial custody. More facts will come out after a detailed investigation,” Prasad said.

The victim said she escaped when the accused fell asleep after getting drunk.

“After lunch, he raped me and slept off. As the door was open I ran out of the house,” she said.

Singh alleges that the victim was in love and had thus eloped with him.

Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslemeen chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi — reacting to online fury questioning the party’s inaction in the case — said that the matter was being investigated and that the accused would be dealt with in the harshest possible manner, if found guilty.

Meanwhile, in another case, police on Monday were interrogating a school bus cleaner after his arrest on suspicion of raping a four-year-old in the vehicle on the outskirts of Mumbai earlier this month.

The 26-year-old was arrested at the weekend after the girl told her parents of the incident more than a week after it occurred on September 6, police said.

News of the assault comes days after four men were sentenced to death last week over the fatal gang-rape of a student in the capital New Delhi in December, a brutal attack that led to weeks of protests and outrage over the treatment of women and girls in India.

“The cleaner called her to the back seat on the pretext of showing her some tricks. He then caught the girl and raped her,” said inspector S.K. Mohite at the local Badlapur police station.

The girl screamed and her friend went to help her, but the man threatened to kill them if they reported the matter to the school, the inspector said.

“There was no woman attendant on the bus at that time,” he added.

Mohite said the girl has undergone medical examination and doctors confirmed she was sexually assaulted.

“Medical details and investigations into the cleaner’s past are being gathered,” he added.

Comments (5)

  1. Added 15:04 September 17, 2013

    Satya Prakash should be hanged on the Street in front of everybody so that nobody dares to do such crime in future.

    MM, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 14:01 September 17, 2013

    Satya Prakash Singh Must be tortured to death as he has tortured the poor girl for 17 months. the people who supported him, the police personal including his family must be jailed for life. To be an example and to act as a deteerent for future rapists. The campaign of the organizations and the individuals who are supporting the girl must not end untill she gets justice and untill the rapist is put to death. God willing I shall also continue my internet campaing to support the girl. Satya prakash singh the people of Hyderabad will not leave you.

    ayaan ruler, diera ,dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 13:03 September 17, 2013

    i personally feel very depress and sad, after reading her letter to police, mentioning crime detail by culprit satya prakash and his associate family member and college principal. Not only this 3 police men taken bribe, and granted him permission for his wrong doing instead of proceeding for legal action against him. Police must be at least secular in a secular country to protect the people from ongoing crimes against women. below is the complain letter to police.

    ibrahim, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 12:27 September 17, 2013

    these type of people shud be hanged till death on the street in front of everbody and with him everybody shud be hanged who is envolved in this case with him !!

    ayaan ruler, dubai,diera, India

  5. Added 10:50 September 17, 2013

    This type of culprit should be hanged til death. My request to the Indian government, please give justice to the victims.

    siraj, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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