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Woman ‘raped’ with job ruse

Durgapur, Feb. 22: A woman who had left her Purulia home with her husband following a tiff with her in-laws last night was allegedly gang-raped by three youths who had promised the couple jobs while travelling on a train.

Burdwan police chief S.M.H. Mirza said a case of gang rape case had been started against the trio, who are yet to be arrested. “The woman has refused to undergo the medical examination needed to confirm rape,” Mirza added.

The jobless couple had got off the Purulia-Burdwan passenger train at Rajbandh station near Durgapur around 8 last night after the three youths promised them work at local factories.

After coming out of the station, the youths allegedly took the couple to a deserted stretch in an autorickshaw, assaulted and chased away the husband and raped his 23-year-old wife.

Police rescued the woman from near a bush a little distance from the station early this morning and sent her to Durgapur sub-divisional hospital.

The police said the three youths had struck up a conversation with the couple after the two boarded the train from Jaychandi station, 5km from Purulia town.

A police officer said: “The youths had promised the couple jobs. After taking them to the side of a canal, they chased away the husband. Then they took turns to rape the woman, according to the complaint lodged by her.”

Mirza said the husband and wife had given “contradictory statements” but the officer did not elaborate.

The woman who was allegedly gang-raped said she and her husband left their home “without knowing where to go”. “The youths took advantage of our situation,” she said.

The husband said: “The youths assaulted me and threatened to kill me. I got scared.”