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Truth about the brutal incident, sexual abuse, viral video and human trafficking

GUWAHATI: As the pandemic rages on through the country, a few other subjects too have been keeping netizens on their toes. From racial slurs by YouTubers to viral rape videos, the citizens of the internet seemingly have their hands full. In this article, we will be shedding some light on the recently concluded episode of a disturbingly gruesome video of gang rape that surfaced online a few days back.

The aforementioned videos where a woman was brutally gang-raped surfaced online from the dark web and went viral on the net on May 26. The videos were reportedly shot by the perpetrators themselves.

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Some moments after the video went viral a lot of confusion emerged among the people as the identity of the victim was uncertain at that point in time. A bunch of references on the social media posts confused the victim with a resident of Nagaland who had committed suicide in Jodhpur, Rajasthan recently. However, on Wednesday, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju confirmed via a tweet that the deceased woman and the one in the video were not the same people.

The rapid circulation of the video of the horrifying incident of rape among the youth of Northeast India made the population of the region assume that the victim was from Nagaland. This led the Assam and Meghalaya police to look into the matter. The Assam Police promised to reward anyone who identified the culprits in the viral video.

With Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and many other personalities including IPS officer Robin Hibu and Meghalaya MLA Ampareen Lyngdoh coming out on social media to confirm that the viral sexual assault video was not related to the Jodhpur suicide case, authorities across states started working to ascertain the identity of the victim and the perpetrators even though no name of the victim was mentioned in the FIR which turned out fruitful as the video was traced back to a phone number from Bengaluru. Following a quick probe by the Bengaluru city police, they were led to a rented house at Avalahalli, Ramamurthy Nagar where the culprits were nested.

 

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As the incident was circulated across the nation, many of the celebrities and social media influencers like Priyadarshini Chatterjee, Komal Pandey, Shivam Patil, Sushant Divgikar, Dolly Singh, Mudassar Khan, Emiway Bantai came forward to take a stand against it. Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai stated that no probes were being done until the video went viral after which an investigation helped find the origin of the video and the location of the culprits.

Journalist Pratibha Raman took the incident to Twitter and wrote, “Nirbhaya-like incident in Bengaluru. 22-year-old allegedly gang-raped by 4 at NRI Colony 6 days ago. Another lady present with the accused. All including victim are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh reportedly involved in prostitution. Personal rivalry cited. Accused arrested.”

With the voices of justice for the victim and identification of culprits which included shares, forwards, and financial compensation for identification were increasing, the video was finally traced back to a phone number from Bengaluru. The Bengaluru City Police then made a quick probe which led them to the culprits in a rented house at Avalahalli, Ramamurthy Nagar.

Proceeding with the arrest, the police were able to nab the six people that had committed the heinous crime. The police had to shoot two of them in the leg as they tried to flee during the investigation. It was through the investigation, found that the five culprits were Bangladeshi Nationals and were in the city as laborers. The police also determined that the victim was also a Bangladeshi national who was brought to India through human trafficking and has been traced to her location. Further probing will be done after the victim has been found.

(with inputs from The Northeastern Chronicle)

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