Ghanaian footballers arrested over alleged gang rape in India
In a distressing incident, a job seeker in India reportedly became a victim of a sex racket orchestrated by a resident of New Town, which led to her being forced into a harrowing encounter with two Ghanaian footballers at a city guest house, where she was subjected to gang rape.
The Times of India reports that Christopher Nars (28) and Moses Zutah (24), both professional footballers from Ghana, along with the New Town resident, were apprehended following a complaint lodged by the survivor. The survivor, a woman in her late twenties who was separated from her husband, resided alone in a rented flat in Gouranganagar, New Town.
Seeking financial assistance, she approached her neighbor, Lisa Collins, who promised to provide her with employment. According to the survivor's account, on May 16, Collins asked her to accompany her to a guest house located in Picnic Garden, where Nars and Zutah resided. Disturbingly, the survivor was coerced into spending the night with them against her will. Throughout the night, she endured repeated sexual assaults by the duo before being allowed to leave the following morning, as per the survivor's complaint.
After enduring physical and emotional trauma, the woman remained in her rented accommodation for two days before finding the courage to visit the New Town police station and file a complaint against Collins and the two footballers on Friday. Law enforcement authorities promptly arrested Collins, leading them to the Tiljala address where Nars and Zutah were also taken into custody.
Nars and Zutah had arrived in India on student visas and had been employed as part-time footballers for various clubs in the state. The police have charged them under sections 376 D (gang rape), 120B (criminal conspiracy), and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. If convicted, the accused trio could face a sentence of rigorous imprisonment for life. They were presented before a Barasat court on Sunday and remanded to police custody.
To ensure the privacy and protection of the victim, her identity has not been disclosed in accordance with the Indian Supreme Court directives concerning cases involving sexual assault.