A 20-year-old woman says she was subjected to a two-week rape ordeal after being abducted by a man on a motorcycle.
She only escaped after she managed to get her hands on a phone and call her father for help.
At Anta police station, in the Indian state of Rajasthan, she told station commander Umesh Manaria that Phorulal Odd, from the nearby town of Kapren in the Bundi district,had kidnapped her while she was visiting relatives for a wedding on November 9.
She was alone briefly while going to the toilet, she later told police, and that is when the attacker pounced.
He then, she says, kept her captive in a jungle near the town of Mandana for two weeks. During that time she alleges that Mr Odd, 22, raped her repeatedly and it was only on November 22 that she managed to call her dad who came to her rescue.
The police report notes that the victim had not been reported missing by her family during her two-week disappearance.
Inspector Manaria told the New Indian Express that a First Information Report had been prepared against Odd, and that he is currently being sought for questioning.
He added that the alleged victim had been examined medically and her statement recorded by a magistrate.
The most recent figures from India’s National Crime Records Bureau say that there were over 32,000 reported drapes in the country in 2019 – around 88 every day.
Experts say that the true picture could be far worse as many rapes and sexual assaults go unreported.
The figures for Rajasthan province stand out as being particularly grim reading, with over 6,000 rates taking place in the region last year.
With a poor conviction rate – only around 30% of rapists in India are brought to justice – campaigners say a major overhaul in the way India trade crimes against women is long overdue.
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