rape cases

IMPHAL | May 19

Bengaluru Police on Saturday arrested three persons in connection with the alleged gang rape of two Manipuri Nupi Manbi (transgender) students in Bengaluru.

The accused have been identified as Rakesh, 24, a Kannada TV actor, Manikanta, 25, a cab driver and Surya, 23, a pani puri seller. The three friends were picked up on Saturday from Koramangala after Koramangala police registered an FIR number 0147/2019 on May 17 last. The trio were booked under section 448, 376D and 506B of the IPC.

Few days back, IFP broke the news of the alleged gang rape and the police have taken up swift actions to punish the culprits as per provisions of the law.

On May 12, the two transgender students had ordered food while they were watching TV at their rented accommodation. Around 8:20 pm, there was a knock on the door and they opened it expecting it was the food delivery person. However, three men armed with swords barged into their room and locked the door, according to what the victims conveyed to IFP.

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The victim had said that the three men then asked them to undress and lay on the floor. “The trio placed the swords on our necks while threatening to kill us if we shouted for help. The three men then rape us,” narrated the victim.

Trans activist and secretary, All Manipur Nupi Manbi Association (AMANA), Santa Khurai who rushed to the city to take stock of the situation, said to IFP that the three accused were produced before the 45th Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court, Nrupatunga Road, Bangalore city this afternoon. She maintained that the three accused have been remanded to judicial custody. They will be again produced before the court on the day where testimonies of the victims will be recorded by the court, she added.

After days of hiding in safer places, the victims, with support from Manipur Diaspora Bangalore and liaisoning officer, Rajesh among others, finally gathered the courage to lodge a complaint to Koramangala police on May 17.

Earlier, the victims were not willing to even lodge complaint to the police fearing the stigma and discrimination meted out towards the trans community by the society. Pointing out past experiences, they have even expressed that police are the most trans-phobic people, Santa said.

She told that the victims are presently staying with her. They are afraid of going out after the incident and not even attending their classes, she added. The victims were undergoing MSc Nursing course in a private institution in Bangaluru.

~IFP

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