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Bandits gang-rape two women during robbery.

Mumbai Eight armed bandits gang-raped two married women and stripped five elderly women naked before fleeing with cash and gold ornaments worth Rs150,000 (Dh12,169).

The shocking incident took place at a house at Veer village in the Akole tehsil (administrative division) of Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, during the early hours of Saturday.

The bandits, said to be aged between 25 and 40 years, barged into the house of one Temghire in the village in western Maharashtra, 325km from here, at around 3am, with sticks and knives. There were no men in the house at that time.

According to reports, the bandits bolted the doors of neighbouring houses, before forcing their way into Temghire's house, where they made five elderly women to strip in front of them and the two younger women, who are sisters and are both married.

The two rape victims had come to their mother's residence to attend a 10th day death ritual for their father, who died on June 30.


All the women present in the household tried to resist the bandits but were thrashed and threatened with dire consequences.

The burglars fled with gold jewellery, weighing 45-50 grams, belonging to their victims and Rs10,000 in cash.

No arrests yet

The two rape victims were later admitted to a district hospital at Ahmednagar, while their mother and other elderly women are undergoing treatment at a hospital at Nasik.

Till yesterday afternoon, Ahmednagar police had not made any arrests in connection with the Veer village incident.

"Based on the description provided by the villagers, we are trying to trace the gang that was behind the incident," a senior Ahmednagar district police official said.

The incident, which has not only sent shockwaves through Ahmednagar district but has also caused considerable outrage among the people, has brought back the memories of a similar attack and gang-rape by a group of bandits in Kathewadi village in the neighbouring Pathardi tehsil of the same district in January 2001.

So much so that Akole tehsil launched a protest against the breakdown of law and order in Ahmednagar district.

As a consequence, most of shops, hotel and other business establishments remained closed all through the day.

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Date:Jul 11, 2011
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