The police in Kozhikode district (Kerala) have arrested two persons for allegedly raping a 21-year-old woman with mental health issues in a parked bus.
The men allegedly raped the woman on 5 July after offering her a lift back home. The police said the woman would occasionally wander from home to nearby places and used to return home soon.
“She had fought with her mother and left the house. After going a little away, standing on the road, she asked for a lift to vehicles passing by, wishing to go back home. The men who came on bikes, took her saying they would take her home,” a police official said.
The accused have been identified as Gobeesh (38) and Muhammad Shameer (32), both natives of Kunnamangalam. They have been booked under sections 376 (2)(l) (rape of a woman suffering from mental or physical disability( and 376 (D) (gang rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
On 4 July, the 21-year-old woman had left her house after a fight with her parents. The woman hitched a ride on a two-wheeler and went to the Vayal bus stop.
When Gopish and Shameer saw the woman at the bus stop, they allegedly approached her and tried to grow close. The accused then took the woman to Kottamparamba on a two-wheeler.
The accused went to a parked bus, which was not operating due to the lockdown, and raped her. The third accused reached the spot and raped the mentally-ill woman too.
Following this, the accused dropped the woman at an autorickshaw stand in Kunnamangalam and left the spot.
The woman reached home and told her parents about the sexual abuse she was subjected to. The woman’s parents lodged a complaint with the Chevayur police.
After the woman’s family filed a complaint, Kerala Police nabbed two accused based on CCTV footage of the area.
The police are on the lookout for the third accused in the case.