Northeast girl sexual assault video: Assam police, Thursday, brought a disturbing incident to light in which four men and one woman have reportedly been caught on video assaulting a young girl. Though identities of the five accused and the single woman being attacked, as well as the date of filming, have not been ascertained yet, there are reports of the video originating from and circulating predominantly in Northeast India.
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Assam police, promising a reward for the identification of people in the video, wrote May 27 on Twitter, “These images are of 5 culprits who are seen brutally torturing & violating a young girl in a viral video. The time or place of this incident is not clear. Anyone with information regarding this crime or the criminals may please contact us.”
“We must stand together to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice,” they added.
Outrage, Horror After Northeast Girl Sexual Assault Video Does Rounds
Reports suggest when the video first surfaced, many linked it to the alleged death by suicide of a Nagaland woman in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The Naga woman died Sunday morning, as per Eastern Mirror Nagaland, which also reported that post-mortem records termed her death “natural.”
Alleged relations between the Naga woman’s death in Jodhpur and the sexual assault caught on camera were refuted Wednesday by Youth and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.
“The viral video of a girl from North-East being brutally raped and tortured by 4 men & 1 women is not related to Jodhpur suicide case. I had detail discussion with the Police Commisioner of Jodhpur,” he stated on Twitter.
The viral video of a girl from North-East being brutally raped and tortured by 4 men & 1 women is not related to Jodhpur suicide case. I had detail discussion with the Police Commisioner of Jodhpur.
However, there must be all out efforts by all State Police to catch the devils.
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) May 26, 2021
Meghalaya Police has also taken cognisance of the assault video, Congress MLA Ampareen Lyngdoh wrote on Facebook, Wednesday.
“I have spoken with the Director General of Police – Meghalaya Police to enquire and verify with his counterpart in the Rajasthan Police with regard to unconfirmed news regarding the sexual assault of a lady alleged to be from the North-East. I reiterate that this is serious case which will be dealt with by the police,” she said.
On Thursday evening, six people, including two women, were arrested by the Bengaluru police in connection with the case. The move came after the video’s origins were traced back to Bengaluru by the police. Bengaluru Commissioner of Police Kamal Pant said, “Based on contents of video & preliminary probe, case of rape & assault registered against 6 persons including 2 women at Ramamurthynagar PS. A police team deputed to adjoining state to trace victim so she could join investigation.” He further added that all the accused seem to belong to the same group and are suspected to be from Bangladesh. Read more about their arrest here.