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An Indian woman was allegedly gang-raped in a school in the desert state of Rajasthan where she had been quarantined for a night by the police amid the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, a police official said on Sunday (April 26).


The incident occurred last week when the victim, a daily wage earner, sought shelter at a police station after walking alone for miles and losing the way to her native village.


In the absence of a quarantine centre, local police housed her for the night in a school building, where she was allegedly raped by three men.


"Three local men who raped the woman inside the school on April 23 have been arrested and sent to jail," said deputy superintendent of police Mr Parth Sharma of Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan and the investigating officer in the case.


The victim, aged between 40-45 years, said in a statement to the police that she had been walking for several days from Sawai Madhopur before she reached a village where she was raped.



Deputy superintendent of police Sharma said the woman had been sent to a local quarantine facility to get tested for Covid-19.


"We don't know how long she was on her own for, and who she came into contact with, and her test results are not yet known," he said, adding that a junior police official had been suspended for negligence.


The nationwide lockdown imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month to contain the spread of the virus prompted tens of thousands of workers who lost their jobs in cities to walk for days in desperation to reach their homes in rural India.


Many of them are now in overcrowded quarantine centres and authorities are struggling to cope.


Source: Reuters

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Woman gang-raped after quarantined alone in school

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An Indian woman was allegedly gang-raped in a school in the desert state of Rajasthan where she had been quarantined for a night by the police amid the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, a police official said on Sunday (April 26).


The incident occurred last week when the victim, a daily wage earner, sought shelter at a police station after walking alone for miles and losing the way to her native village.


In the absence of a quarantine centre, local police housed her for the night in a school building, where she was allegedly raped by three men.


"Three local men who raped the woman inside the school on April 23 have been arrested and sent to jail," said deputy superintendent of police Mr Parth Sharma of Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan and the investigating officer in the case.


The victim, aged between 40-45 years, said in a statement to the police that she had been walking for several days from Sawai Madhopur before she reached a village where she was raped.



Deputy superintendent of police Sharma said the woman had been sent to a local quarantine facility to get tested for Covid-19.


"We don't know how long she was on her own for, and who she came into contact with, and her test results are not yet known," he said, adding that a junior police official had been suspended for negligence.


The nationwide lockdown imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month to contain the spread of the virus prompted tens of thousands of workers who lost their jobs in cities to walk for days in desperation to reach their homes in rural India.


Many of them are now in overcrowded quarantine centres and authorities are struggling to cope.


Source: Reuters

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