Indian women abduct, demand ransom for Mumbai top manager they accuse of rape

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Indian women abduct, demand ransom for Mumbai top manager they accuse of rape

Indian police have raided a home in New Delhi to rescue a wealthy businessman, who was taken hostage by a group of women over alleged sexual abuse. Rape is a major problem in India, as well as growing number of false accusations.

The managing director of a Mumbai-based marine engineering company was kidnapped during a business trip to the capital, police was informed on Friday. It was soon established via CCTV footage that the 64-year-old left his five-star hotel  accompanied by two women and left in a Hyundai Verna vehicle.

The abductors repeatedly called the company officials, demanding the ransom of 3 million rupees (around $42.600), using WhatsApp to conceal their identities, a police source told The Times of India.

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Meanwhile, having identified the suspect vehicle’s license plates, the officers traced the address of the car’s owner. The man was home and swiftly confessed of being part of the plot, saying that he was just seeking to grab some easy cash. He apparently relayed the place where the businessman was held to the police.

During a raid on the kidnappers’ hideout in Laxmi Nagar district in the east if the capital on Saturday, law enforcers arrested four women and two men, including the car owner. Their identities haven’t been disclosed due to the ongoing investigation.

The top manager was discovered locked in one of the rooms and recused. He explained he was invited to Laxmi Nagar by two women, one of whom he knew beforehand. But once they arrived on site, two more females appeared and accused him of raping one of their daughters, demanding ransom for his freedom.

The businessman, whose identity is not revealed, denies all claims and it’s not yet clear if the law enforcers will be looking into sexual assault accusations pressed by kidnappers.

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Sexual assault, including gang rape, has become India’s bane in recent years, with harsh new laws introduced to make the environment safer for women. But it seems to have backfired with a wave of false accusations often made to settle scores after failed relationships or for other personal gains.

The situation became so dire that #MenToo movement sparked in the country in order to protect the slandered males. Those behind it stage rallies, demanding the identities of men, who face sexual assault accusation to remain undisclosed until legal proceedings against them are concluded. The activists also want females, who filed rape claims only to withdraw them when asked to appear before the magistrate, to be investigated.

#MenToo is a response to the #MeToo international movement for woman’s rights that picked up in India last year after actress Tanushree Dutta accused Bollywood veteran, Nana Patekar, of sexual harassment. This was followed by claims of abuse against a host of India’s politicians and celebrities, leading to several resignations and arrests.

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