Last Updated: February 06, 2024, 17:33 IST
The victimand her friend were looking for a hotel. (Image: Representative/Shutterstock)
After the crime, the accused fled the spot. The woman and her friend sought help from locals and reached the nearest police station
A 23-year-old woman tourist was allegedly sexually assaulted by two men while her male friend was tied to a tree and thrashed in West Bengal’s Digha town on Saturday, police said. Two people have been arrested in connection with the crime.
According to an Indian Express report, the victim and her friend reached Digha on Saturday where they were trying to find a hotel when they met the accused. The two men took them to a remote place on the pretext of finding them a hotel room and allegedly committed the crime.
“The accused then dragged the woman and her friend forcefully and then tied the man to a tree after beating him up. The woman was taken to another forest where she was allegedly sexually assaulted,” the publication quoted a senior police official as saying.
After the crime, the accused fled the spot. The woman and her friend sought help from locals and reached the nearest police station.
Based on the woman’s written complaint, Digha police conducted raids and arrested the two accused from a village in the coastal town on Sunday in connection with the case.
“The accused were nabbed hours after we received the complaint. We are investigating the case. Prima facie, it appears that two people were involved in the incident,” Additional SP (Rural), Purba Medinipur told the publication.
A complaint was filed against the accused under sections 376, 379, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The accused was presented before the local court have been remanded in police custody for 14 days.
The crime sparked some sharp criticism of the TMC-ruled state government from the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which announced that all its woman MLAs would be taking out a protest against the incident in Kolkata.