Three persons have been arrested for allegedly raping a 19-year-old nursing student in an autorickshaw in Kerala's Varkala. According to police, the girl was admitted to the ICU of a private hospital and her condition is being monitored by doctors.
The teenager told the police that she was assaulted by her friend Shyju, 24, and 25-year-old Sujith, in the former's autorickshaw. Both the accused have been taken into custody.
The incident happened days after the rape and brutal murder of a law students in Kerala's Ernakulam district that sparked protests by students and rights activits.
The victim, a second year BSC nursing student, was raped by an autorickshaw driver and two of his friends near Ayanthi bridge in Varkala, about 50 km from here, on Tuesday. She has been admitted to the ICU of a hospital.
A case under IPC 376 (2) (g) (gangrape) was registered against the accused, who are absconding, police said, adding, her statement will be recorded before a magistrate.
The victim had gone with an autorickshaw driver, who was known to her, in his vehicle on the day of the incident. Two of his friends also got into the vehicle later. They then took the autorickshaw to a deserted spot and allegedly raped her, police said.
The girl was in a state of shock and suffered from fits when she was found by some people who rushed to the vehicle on hearing her cries for help, they said.
A team of expert doctors is monitoring the condition of the girl, who was admitted to the ICU of the SAT hospital at the Thiruvanathapuram Government Medical College late night from a private hospital in Varkala.