Lucknow: Jeweller Allegedly Rapes Aspiring Model After Calling Her For Fake Audition

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Aspiring Model raped in Lucknow: A jeweller in Lucknow was arrested by the police on Friday for allegedly raping a woman after calling on the pretext of a video album audition.

The 30-year-old man named Vasu Soni was posing himself as Reyansh alias Shivam who claimed to have connections with a renowned production house, the police said. According to Chandra Shekhar Singh, a police officer in Lucknow, Soni had contacted that survivor through social media where he promised her a project with a production house. He called the woman to a hotel room for the auditions for a video album and then allegedly raped her.

The woman, who is an aspiring model, alleged that Soni kept her captive in his room, assaulted her and threatened her against revealing any of it to the police. She said that the accused left the hotel after she called her friends. The woman also alleged that one of her friends was also raped in the same way sometime a week ago. She said that her friend did not file a report to the police.

Similar incidents

In January this year, a 19-year-old aspiring male model was sodomised in Mumbai. The survivor came from Gujrat to look for work opportunities in the city and was taken advantage of by men. The police arrested three persons on the charges of sodomisation and one of them had been a friend of the survivor.

Such cases of sexual violence, assault and rape have been on the rise in India. To understand the gravity of the situation, it is vital to look at the statistics. According to the National Crime Records Bureau(NCRB) data from 2019, 87 cases of rape were reported every day. A total of 4,05,861 cases of crime against women were reported during the year. If one compares the data of 2018 and 2019, there seems to be a 7% increase in the number of cases.