Woman gang-raped and murdered by a 'priest and his disciples' in India

Woman is gang-raped and murdered in a temple ‘by a priest and his disciples’ before her body is dumped outside her home in latest shocking sex attack in India

  • A 50-year-old woman has been gang raped and murdered in India
  • A priest and two of his followers allegedly raped and murdered the woman
  • It is then alleged the men dumped her body outside of her family home
  • The men claim they saved the woman from a well and brought her safely home 

A woman was gang-raped and murdered by a Hindu priest and two of his ‘disciples’ before her body was dumped outside her home in an attack in India.

Police arrested the priest on Thursday for the alleged rape and murder of the 50-year-old woman at a temple in the Budaun district on Sunday.  

His two male followers had been arrested on Wednesday by police, according to CNN.

The priest was found in a hut in a forest near to his village after police received reports he had been hiding there. 

Two of the three suspects were arrested by police on Wednesday in the Budaun district of India. The suspected attackers claim that the victim had fallen down a well and that they saved her before leaving her outside of her house 

District magistrate Kumar Prashant said the victim had gone to the temple, in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh, before being allegedly being attacked and her body being left outside her home around midnight.

Prashant said: ‘The family frequented the temple so the accused knew where the victim lived.’

The priest claimed the victim had fallen into a well and he and his ‘disciples’ had rescued her and dropped her home.

However, Prashant said the victim was already dead when she was found by her family outside their home. 

The alleged rape and murder took place at a temple in the Budaun district on Sunday

Prashant said: ‘According to the post-mortem report, she died due to shock from excessive internal bleeding and her rib was fractured … She also had injuries and lacerations to her private parts.’

Senior district police official Sankalp Sharma said that all three men have been accused of gang rape and murder. 

The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, said on Wednesday that ‘stringent legal action will be taken.’

‘The accused cannot be spared at any cost,’ he wrote on Twitter, adding that he had asked the state’s special task force to coordinate with the district police in the investigation.

India is one of the world’s most dangerous places for women, with a rape occurring on average every 15 minutes based on federal data (stock image)

Budaun police have also launched an internal inquiry at the Ughaiti Police Station after officers failed to register the complaint from the victim’s family members.

The officer in charge of the station has been suspended.  

The news comes less than a month after it was revealed that a 35-year-old woman was gang raped in India, only to then be raped by a ‘police worker’ when she reported the crime.

India is one of the world’s most dangerous places for women, with a rape occurring on average every 15 minutes based on federal data. 

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