Five employees, including a woman, of a homestay were arrested by the Agra Police on Sunday for allegedly gangraping and forcing a 30-year-old woman into prostitution.
The police said they took action after a video appeared on the social media where a woman could be seen crying and seeking help while alleging that she was gangraped by a colleague.
“The police had received information that an incident of rape and assault had taken place at a homestay. Taking cognisance of the incident, a case has been registered on the basis of a complaint filed by the woman. Five persons involved in the incident have been arrested,” said ACP (Sadar) Archana Singh.
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A senior police officer said those arrested have been identified as Ravi Rathore, Manish, Jitender, Dev Kishore and Riya. “All the accused and the victim worked at the 4-bedroom homestay. The woman has alleged that Ravi Rathore, the owner of the homestay, and her colleagues, forced her into prostitution at the homestay. She said that this has been going on for one year,” he added.
The officer said Rathore, who took a flat on rent to run a homestay, has been providing accommodation for marriages, among others.
An FIR has been lodged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code. Attempts are being made to arrest the other accused, he added.