Thane: The police in neighboring Palghar district has booked three persons for allegedly abducting and raping a 31-year-old married woman in Gujarat. Two of the accused kidnapped the woman, a resident of neighboring Mumbai, from Vasai Phata in Palghar on October 3 on the pretext of showing her some temples and sites of pilgrimages. The same day, her family members filed a missing person's complaint with the Mumbai police.

In the meantime, the accused took the woman to a locality in Gujarat's Kutch district where the third accused raped her at his house. The three accused also allegedly tried to sell the woman to a man for Rs 1.5 lakh and get her married to him. However, when she resisted their attempts, they beat her up, the official said quoting the woman's complaint.

Two of the accused kidnapped the woman, a resident of neighboring Mumbai, from Vasai Phata in Palghar on October 3 on the pretext of showing her some temples and sites of pilgrimages

The woman managed to escape from the clutches of the accused and reached Mumbai on October 11 following which she lodged a complaint with the Kasturba Marg police in the metropolis. The complaint was later transferred to the Vasai police. Based on the complaint, the Waliv police in Vasai division on Thursday registered offences under IPC sections 376 (rape), 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and other relevant provisions. A search was on to nab the accused, the official said.

PTI