A 50-year-old woman was allegedly raped by two 65-year-old men in Gujarat's Banaskantha district on the pretext of saving her family from social ostracism they faced after her son married a woman from another caste, police said. The accused are currently on the run.
A police official said the accused are members of the carpenter community to which the victim's family belongs. Her family members were socially expelled from the community when the victim's son married a woman from another caste, the police said.
He said the victim produced an audio clip in which the accused heard resorting to blackmailing the woman into raping her in exchange for removing the social expulsion that her family faced from the community.
The accused, identified as Ranchhodbhai Suthar and Vjolbhai Suthar, residents of Dharnal village in the district, had assured the victim re-entry into the caste fold if she satisfied them sexually, the police officer said. A case under sections pertaining to gang-rape and blackmailing has lodged at the Thara police station and further investigation was on, he added.