While she was taking a bath in the River Ganga during a religious ritual on Monday, 45-year-old woman was gangraped in Barh police station area in rural Patna district of Bihar , police said on Wednesday.
Officials said two men, including the person who captured the crime on video and later shared it on social media, have been arrested.The incident came to the fore after the video was widely shared on social media late on Tuesday evening.
Police said the woman was dragged out of the river by a man named Shivpujan Mahto, a driver, and took turns to rape her along with others.
In the video, the woman is seen pleading to the accused and asking them to consider the “sanctity” of the Ganga, which she addressed as “mother”
The incident comes less than two weeks after the principal and clerk of a private school in Patna’s Phulwarisharif were arrested for allegedly raping a Class 5 student repeatedly in the school premises for over nine months.
Local villagers alleged that when the woman reached the concerned police station to lodge her complaint against the culprits, the policemen refused to register a first information report.
Only after they came across the viral video Barh Police swung into action of the crime and superintendent of police (rural) Anand Kumar took up the case to monitor it.
Confirming the incident, Patna senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj said they have arrested two men, including Mahto and Vishal, who recorded the crime. A minor girl, whom Mahto had lured into accompanying him, was also rescued, Maharaaj added.
Bihar state in India is jointly ruled by Powerful Political combination of post poll alliance made out of JDS party headed by Nitish Kumar as chief Minister and BJP party headed by Susil modi in capacity as Dy.Chief Minister