On Thursday, Kharar police in Punjab arrested two women members of a gang who would allegedly lure people and demand money by threatening to register false rape cases against them.
While speaking on the case to the media, deputy superintendent of police Rupinderdeep Kaur Sohi said that the accused have been identified as Rajwinder Kaur, a resident of Fazilka, and Usha Rani, a resident of Faridkot. She added,
They have been arrested, while four other members of the gang, including a woman, are at large.
As per the police, the accused women, through their planned scam, have duped a large number of tricity residents. The DSP said,
They used to join companies as receptionists and after few days, threaten the firm owners with false rape cases. In this conspiracy, one of the their gang members, Keshav Sandhir, a resident of Ludhiana, used to impersonate a Punjab Police ASI, who would then demand money from the company owners for settling the rape case.
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In a recent case that came to the fore, a Nayagaon resident had given an advertisement on an online marketplace, OLX, as he wanted to hire two women staffers at his guest house in Sector 25, Chandigarh.
On seeing the ad, the accused visited his office. As per the victim, he hired the women on a monthly salary of Rs 9,000, however after few days, they started to threaten him to implicate him in a false rape case and demanded Rs 15,000 through their gang members, who posed as were cops.
It is then that the man approached the local police following which, the Fazilka woman was caught in a trap laid by the cops. Later, the Faridkot woman was also arrested.
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As reported by Hindustan Times, Kharar City station house officer (SHO) inspector Bhagwant Singh said,
Recently, they had also lured a physiotherapist from Mohali by taking over Rs 1 lakh from him in the same manner. The gang was active for the last one year. We are obtaining the call details of the other accused who are absconding. We will nab them soon.
The arrested women were produced at a local court on Thursday and sent to two-day police custody.
The case against the gang members has been registered under sections 384, 385, 389, 170 and 120-B of the IPC at the Kharar City police station.
Time and again we have emphasised, how false rape cases are not just bad for innocent men, but worse for real victims of the crime. Our system needs to come up with the strictest laws against such false accusers, and possibly sentence them to the same time in jail as would have been for perpetrator of the crime. Unless these deterrents are put in place or examples are set, some women may never fear trying their luck with several other men and getting away with extortion.