Noida gangrape victim identifies 10 of the accused
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The victim in a Noida gangrape case, who was reportedly assaulted and raped by 11 men from the Garhi Chaukhanda village in Noida in January 2009, has identified 10 of the accused before a court. She said she could identify the 11th accused, who is a juvenile, if he were brought before her.
The woman, who was a first-year MBA student at a Noida university at the time of the incident, told the court that the 11 men had followed the car in which she was travelling with a friend and had forced them to stop the vehicle.
The woman said she and her friend, who studied with her, had gone to the Great India Place mall in Noida after classes and were returning home when the 11 men, who were on three to four motorcycles, surrounded their car and forced them to stop.
She told the court that the men were carrying cricket bats and stumps. They forced her and the friend on the rear seat of the car as one of the accused — Om Prakash — drove them to a "jungle area". Here, they physically assaulted the two and all 11 raped her.
According to the victim, later the men forced her and the friend back on the car and abandoned them on a road. They were told that the road led to Delhi. They also threatened the two against informing police.
During cross-examination, the woman said she had identified eight of the accused when they were arrested in 2009 — a few days after the incident — and had seen all 11 in the Noida court at the beginning of the trial.
The woman later moved to the UK and had travelled to Delhi to record her statement before the trial court.
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