After rising demands for justice and strict punishment for the perpetrators seen in a viral video of sexual assault, the Assam Police on Thursday promised a reward to the person who is able to identify the culprits from the video.
According to a report by EastMojo, the Assam Police issued a clarification that the victim is not from Nagaland, who reportedly recently killed herself in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
Taking to Twitter, Assam Police said: “These images are of 5 culprits who are seen brutally torturing & violating a young girl in a viral video. The time or place of this incident is not clear. Anyone with information regarding this crime or the criminals may please contact us. They will be rewarded handsomely.”
"We must stand together to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice. Though it is not clear where this incident took place and it may not be from Assam, we are reaching out to proactively locate the culprits," Assam Police added.
The disturbing video, which is doing rounds on social media, shows a young woman being brutalised and sexually assaulted by multiple men.
As per reports, the disturbing video is being shared with claims that the victim is the same woman from Nagaland who died by suicide in Jodhpur on May 23. According to reports, a 25-year-old woman from Nagaland committed suicide at Jodhpur on May 23 in her rented room. She was originally from Nuiland, district Dimapur.
Clarifying the claims, IPS officer Robin Hibu told EastMojo that the video is not related to the Jodhpur suicide case, and the authorities across states are working to ascertain the identity of the victim and the perpetrators.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju also took to social media to refute claims of link between the sexual assault video and the Jodhpur suicide case. “The viral video of a girl from North-East being brutally raped and tortured by 4 men & 1 women is not related to Jodhpur suicide case. I had detail discussion with the Police Commissioner of Jodhpur. However, there must be all out efforts by all State Police to catch the devils," he tweeted.
Even Meghalaya legislator Ampareen Lyngdoh took to social media and said the Meghalaya police is helping with the case.
“I have spoken with the Director General of Police – Meghalaya Police to enquire and verify with his counterpart in the Rajasthan Police with regard to unconfirmed news regarding the sexual assault of a lady alleged to be from the North-East. I reiterate that this is serious case which will be dealt with by the police.”