The initial attack

On April 19th, 2008, the victim, Sulekha Mahipal, was told by her cousin, one Ashok Kumar, who is crippled, that he had arranged an interview for a job at the government secretariat. Mr. Kumar transported her to meet a second man, later identified as Pramod Gupta.  She was then transported to a hotel in an official government car by Pramod Gupta. She was assured, by Mr. Gupta, that the interview would take place at the hotel and that several girls were already there. Once at the hotel the victim asked for a glass of water. Upon drinking the water she began feeling giddy and sick. The victim was then taken into a hotel room by Mr. Gupta, where he forced her onto the bed, stripped her naked, tied and gagged her, and raped her three times. She then lost consciousness for a period of time.

When she regained consciousness she was shown a camera with photographs of herself naked on the bed and video of the sex acts. Mr. Gupta told her that she must not tell anyone about the rape and that Mr. Kumar was a pimp who provided girls to politicians and other powerful men in the town. Mr. Gupta told the victim that Mr. Kumar lures the girls with promises of jobs or marriages and then pushes them into prostitution.

Then Mr. Kumar called the victim’s phone, she was instructed to answer by Mr. Gupta. Mr. Kumar told the victim that he was sending three more men to the room and that they would do the same things to her that Mr. Gupta had done. Within 10 minutes three other middle aged men entered the room. They all sat down and began drinking alcohol. Mr. Gupta told the victim that he would enjoy watching. The victim continued to cry and scream out. The men all began laughing and they all raped her at least once each.

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