Bengaluru: Karnataka DGP Praveen Sood on Saturday arrested five persons in connection with the gang-rape of a girl student and the murderous attack on her friend in Mysore on Saturday.
He said the sixth accused is absconding and the police are on the lookout for him.
All five are labourers from Tamil Nadu’s Tiruppur district, Mr Sood said, adding that one of those arrested seemed to be a juvenile; “… a 17-year-old. We are not sure… we are verifying,” he said.
The Karnataka top cop, whose force had been criticised for not making any arrests following the horrific events of Tuesday evening, also said, “It is a sensitive case. We have technical and scientific evidence.”
The young woman – a 22-year-old MBA student from Maharashtra studying at a Mysuru university – and her friend were attacked at Chamundi Hills (a popular tourist spot on the outskirts of the city) late Tuesday evening.
A group of men, allegedly drinking, saw the couple go into the forests and followed them. The horror that followed landed the two in hospital about six hours later.
The men surrounded the couple and demanded money. When they refused to pay, the men beat the young woman’s friend and two of the accused allegedly raped her and inflicted severe injuries.
Police have been unable to record the young woman’s statement so far, Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra has said, because she is still in shock.
The brutal and terrifying incident triggered furious protests in Karnataka and across the country.
It also triggered two derogatory and shocking remarks by Mr. Gyanendra.
The first was his claim that the young woman and her friend “shouldn’t have been there” – a comment seen by many as one that underscores the victim-blaming culture in sexual assault cases in this country and others.
Second, he compared the opposition Congress’s protest against that horrific remark to an act of rape; He called it “an inhuman act”.
“Police have taken the Mysuru case very seriously,” he told reporters here. “I am confident that the police will succeed in cracking the case as early as possible”.
The victim, a college student studying in Mysuru, was gang-raped near Chamundi foothills on the outskirts of Mysuru on August 24. Her male friend who was with her was assaulted by the gang.
The gang-members demanded from them Rs three lakh not to make public the video of the rape, police sources said. DG & IGP of Karnataka Praveen Sood is supervising the investigation into the gang-rape which has sparked massive outrage.