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15 Worst and Most Brutal Rape Cases in India

Even in the modern 21st century, women are not safe all over the world. The constantly increasing number of rapes in India is a serious matter for the police as well as for Indian government. In India, Delhi has the highest number of rape cases recorded every year. Sources showed that the number of rape cases has doubled between 1990 and 2008. According to the National Crime Records Bureau 24206 rape cases were registered in India in 2011 only. According to the source, a new case is reported in every 20 minutes. There are even cases that we cannot imagine, girls and women are being molested, raped but only some of them get the justice. With the heavy heart, we are listing the 15 Worst and Most Brutal Rape Cases in India.

15. Shopian rape and murder case

Shopian rape and murder case 1

On 29th June 2009, two sisters in law’s went missing from their house in Shopian district, Jammu and Kashmir. On the next day, their bodies were found, one kilometer away from their house. Both the women were raped and then murdered. As the news spread, hundreds of people, including a large number of women gathered on the streets, went protesting. No FIR was registered on the spot, but when this case spread, the police filed the FIR report after 11 days.

14. Geeta Chopra rape and murder

Geeta Chopra rape and murder

Geeta Chopra and her brother Sanjay Chopra, two teenagers who were first kidnapped and then murdered in New Delhi in the year 1978. Two men, Jasbir Singh and Kuljeet Singh were convicted kidnappers, kidnapped the duo for ransom, but then after getting to know their family backgrounds, they killed Geeta and her brother. They also rape Geeta before murdering her. After a few months, they were arrested while escaping on a train. Both culprits were found guilty and hanged till death in 1982.

13. Soumya rape and murder case

Soumya rape and murder caseImage credit: thehindu

Soumya, a 23 year old woman was travelling from Ernakulam to Shornur, Kerala. On 1st Feb 2011, she aboard a passenger train. After several minutes, when the train reaches the Vallathol Nagar station, the convict, named Govindachami a 33 year old man, tried to rob her and smashed her head on the wall, and threw her out of the train. He carried her to the woods near the railway track and raped her. Soumya died the very next month in a Government medical school. The criminal was caught and hanged.

12. Jalgaon rape case

Jalgaon rape case

The Jalgaon rape case is one of the prime cases of human trafficking in Maharashtra. It came into the light in mid-1994. It was estimated that as many as 500 innocent girls and women were victimized. Most of them were school minors. Reports show that many were tranquilized before being sexually assaulted and they were blackmailed. The nexus of human trafficking finally broke after a few girls lodged a police complaint in 1993, which helped police and authorities to free those women and children.

11. Anjana Mishra rape case

Anjana Mishra

Anjana Mishra rape case was one of the many high profile rape cases in India, which took place in Orissa in 1999. The then Chief Minister J. B. Patnaik and his friend, former Advocate-General of Orissa Indrajit Ray were both accused by Anjana of having played a role in the incident. Anjana and her friend were travelling in a car on the very day of the incident when they were  intercepted by three men and gang raped in front of her friend. Two out of three culprits were arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment and a fine of 5000 each. The rape case spoiled the ruling party’s image.

10. Ajmer rape case

Ajmer rape caseImage credit: slideshare

In 1992, India again witnessed a brutal and inhuman case of coerced sexual exploitation in Ajmer, Rajasthan. A gang, with evil intentions, befriended over 100 of school girls and then raped them. They photographed them to further exploit the victims. After being raped, depressed victims committed suicide. Eight people were arrested after an intense investigation of police and women-focused NGO’s, and sentence them to life imprisonment. And look at the irony, even after this, state court decided to reduce their life sentence to 10 years of imprisonment.

9. Suryanelli rape case

Suryanelli rape caseDharmarajan, the only man convicted

A 16 year old girl from Suryanelli village of Idukki district in Kerala was abducted and gang raped by 5 persons repeatedly over 40 days. This is a high profile scandal in Kerala, including various notable persons and politicians. On January 1996, the girl’s family just relocated to the village at that time because of her father transfer when she went missing for straight 40 days without any trace. She was later spotted near her father’s office in a dreadful state. After several close examination, doctors confirmed molestation and rape. In 2012, it was reported that the company that she was working lately suspended her in a case of breach of trust and forgery, but reinstated after 8 months due to public pressure. She also stated that her family is still treated as outcast.

8. Mathura rape case

Mathura rape case

The Mathura rape case is an incident of custodial rape or prison rape in Chandrapur district of Maharastra. On 26 March 1972, a 15 year old tribal girl named Mathura was reportedly raped by two policemen in the compound of the Desai Ganj Police Station. Earlier on the same day she and her brother were summoned to the police station along with a person named Ashok who was charged for kidnaping. Following the investigation, they let Ashok and his family go, but they asked Mathura to stay behind while her brother waited outside. That was the time when they raped her. They went to court after court, but there was no justice granted.

7. Bahraich rape case

Bahraich rape case

This case takes us to the Bahraich district of Uttarpradesh, where a 15 year old was murdered and her body was found hanging from a tree. The girl was kidnapped from her home at Nanpara just 160 kilometres from Lucknow. According to the reports three people first raped and killed her, and later hanged her dead body to the tree to make it convincing of a suicide. After investigation several police constables were suspended for failing their duties.

6. Vachathi case

Vachathi caseImage credit: indianexpress

The Vachathi refers to  devilish crime, happened on June the 20th in  1992. A team of 263 forest personnel with police entered Dalit dominated village of Vachathi in Dharmpuri district, Tamil Nadu, searching and inquiring about Veerappan a renowned Sandalwood smuggler. During the search they destroy their house, ransacked the villagers’ property, killed their cattle and raped 18 women. After the CBI inquiry all of them found guilty, 54 of the accused died by the time and remaining 215 were sentenced to jail. The case illustrates not only the state of women in rural India, but the grudge of Dalit women in our modern society.

5. Imrana rape case

Imrana rape caseImage credit: milligazette

A 28-year-old Muslim woman was sexually assaulted by her father in law in Muzaffernagar on 6th June 2005. After this, the village elders announced Imrana’s marriage with her husband null, as the Sharia regards sexual relations with both the father and son as illegal or forbidden. This sparked nationwide controversy as some argued that the case was treated as an adultery and not rape case. The police registered a case under section 376 and 506 of rape and intimidation. He was sentenced 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of Rupees 3000.

4. 2015 Kandhamal gang rape case

Kandhamal gang rape case

The people were outraged, when a 71 year old Catholic nun was gang raped by eight men in Ranaghat, Nadia district of West Bengal. Even before the attack, school officials already told police that they received death threats.  On March 26, 2015, two men were arrested for the crime they have committed.

3. 2013 Mumbai gang rape

Mumbai gang rape

2013 Mumbai gang rape was executed by five individuals in the abandoned Shakti Mills compound, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai. On August 22, 2013, a 22-year-old photojournalist with her male colleague went to the deserted compound on an assignment. Five men attacked them, tied the male colleague and molest the photojournalist. They also threatened both of them to not to report this incident. She gave her statement to police after four days on the 26 August, after receiving medical treatment from Jaslok Hospital. In her statement, she bravely said that, “I want no other woman in this city and country to go through such a brutal physical humiliation. Perpetrators should be punished hardly, they have ruined my life. No punishment short of a life term will take away my pain, humiliation and physical abuse I underwent. Rape is not the end of life. I will continue my fight.” This spread like a fire in the jungle, and soon the police were able to catch those culprits in 65 hours. On April 4, three of the culprits were sentenced to death while two of them were awarded with the life sentence.

2. Bhanwari Devi case (2011)

Bhanwari Devi casePhoto credit: teluguone

The Bhanwari Devi rape case attracted widespread media attention nationally and internationally. She was a 36 year old Auxillary Nurse Midwife. On 1st  Sep 2011, Bhanwari Devi went missing. Her husband alleged that she was abducted on the orders of Mahipal Maderna politician from Jodhpur, Rajasthan. According to her husband, she was being blackmailed by Maderna and Malkhan Singh -based on a CD in which they were seen in a compromising position. The case was later handed over to CBI and they solved the whole case in 100 days. CBI investigation reveled that the allegations were true and Maderna Nd Malkan were both founded guilty.

1. Delhi Gang rape and murder case

delhi rape caseImage Credit: hindustantimes

16 December 2012 is the darkest day in the history of India. Delhi Gang rape and murder case was one of the most brutal case not only in India but in the world. A 23 year woman and her friend were on their way to home from Saket to Dwarka. On their way, near Munirka, they aboard an off duty private bus to reach their final destination. Soon after some time, the male passenger, Awindra Pratap Pandey found that the bus was deviated and not going where they thought they were going. He was beaten by six people who were already on board with an iron rod and knocked unconscious. Then six of them of which one is a juvenile forced the woman, raped her and then he injected a wheel jack handle rite into her genitals, which damaged her abdomen and intestine. Their cruelty didn’t just end here, they threw both of them out from the moving bus, and vanished out of the spot. After a week of treatment, she died in a hospital in Singapore. All the six people were arrested and one of them Ram Singh committed suicide in trial period in jail. Four of them were hanged and the young boy under 18 is sent to a juvenile home.

Read: Brutal and Worst Rape Cases in United States

Rape statistics in India 2001-2013

  • Sikander Zulqarnain Cheema

    very nice article but aj tak kisi ko rape ki saza nahi mili… case ka kuch banta he nahi

    • mangesh

      Esliye to ye sara ho raha hai……need to change the rules…etani bhayanak maut do ki aisa koi karnachodo soch bhi nasake…

  • vivek

    rape will continue in India because most of the people of India are sexually uneducated/illiterate.

    2nd thing which is the most essential that there is no tough or strong rule for rapist.
    every rapist should be hanged till death in front of public place or it should be shown live to Public so that everyone can take a lesson.

    in my point of view the rapist should be punished like a movie”I Spit On Your Grave” by government of India.

  • Ena Chhabaria

    I really feel sorry for the once who hav faced this and I really appeal to the ppl to take care of their children provide education so that things can chamge I really wish one day the ruke to b like … all the ppl who did the rape of the lady are sententenced to death … datz it

  • princezz adaa

    evry culprit shld be punished.why al the a girl sufferd
    life sentence is not enough for them.they shld be hanged in public.

  • Lalit

    Hey rapist bastards come to me, I will show the real pleasure of sex u want. Bloody sicks. You and your parents should be hanged for being such a garbage on earth. Shame on you.

    • Varun Kumar

      Lalit, I completely agree with you, all rapist should be hanged till death but there is no reason to blame their parents.

      • Sachin

        Agree with you Varun..

  • Varsha

    Your article was good varun kumar.I always wonder why isn’t the goverment taking any strong action.Rape is the fourth most common crime in India but our government is least bothered Shame on them!!just like you said rapist’s should be hanged in public

  • Ashwani

    All the visions posted above must be followed by so that no one would condemn to do the shame.

  • Kukurukuku

    the rapists don’t deserve death penanlty. They deserve to be tortured for life…

  • Vinay Sharma

    Our govt is really to bad, govt need to cut their p… and left in the world instead of making it too long to take a decision for punishment.

  • sreejith

    10th story of soumya ….
    The rapist named govindachami is not hanged yet

  • sreejith

    Actually I’m most of the above incidents the rapists are not hanged …they only got small punishment….and are not hanged yet

  • vibhor

    They shall be killed or be made trans gender by removing their genitals by the govt so they can equal in the punishment caused to woman

  • nakiyah

    i dont get it India is so powerful we have reached mars and will do above instead of being proud why do men rape woman, they can marry off woman and if they cant afford it they shall wait this is exactly why we are let down by other countries!

  • sreelakshmy

    Compensation or life imprisonment is not an effective punishment but an encouragement to
    do next rape.Punishment for rape is only death.For this procedure I really support initiatives taken in Saudi Arabia for these evil rapist.Even after the Delhi gang rape so many protest took place and new laws has been passed but still the situation was getting worse.Its is exactly because strict laws are not enforced.I am not blaming our govt but just think about the situation of a parent who’s daughter
    has been brutally rape.In the Soumya Rape Case,Now what is happening is errotic?Just watch the culprits photo he looks like an actor.This is called injustice and an encouragement for the next rape.

    • AzZiAnPoTaTo

      While i mostly agree, id love to watch those horrible people burnt to death or forced to drink acid, the problem with that is there have been many false rape claims by women/men trying to ruin someones reputation or trying to get revenge, so there could be innocents killed……sadly……

  • Rajani

    The first thing that comes to light in the Delhi rape trial is the defense lawyers who are illiterate. I say this, please read on! They think a girl/woman being outdoors once dark regardless of time of evening is the crime, Not the rape crime! It felt horrific to listen to them. When the defense lawyer kept saying that if it was his daughter, he would invite the family and put kerosene and light her up. Very easy to say, will you do it I wanted to challenge him so badly! But who knows, he may!! So I wont challenge him. Regardless, what is chilling is the male make up of the population Here are 2 defense attorneys, educated men who speak like illiterate and ignorant idiots! Their comment was not called for as such negative comment should not be made on the victim, The victim should always be protected. It was a heinous crime. And even if, even if as I say here the girl was out looking for trouble, which she was not, who gave these ugly 4 the right to teach her a lesson or rape her!> I would have deported the 4 to a land where they would have been castrated! And I would have thought the land Bhaarat where mataaji is worshipped would protect her women! Instead we have foolish comments about the integrity of the girl. A reminder – even men get raped by such sick people. What would be the comment of these foolish men on that situation? Or are they so ignorant they do not know that even? When the stupid wife of culprit Sharma said stupidly that a woman’s protection is her husband, should they not think about her and her child who will not have a father when Sharma received the death penalty, I decided she was an illiterate woman in a cloistered world and knew nothing but her husband as her life support. What were these 2 defense lawyers thinking when they stooped to the level of uneducated Sharma and his wife as these lawyers’ comments were filthier than theirs! I can only say that they are more illiterate, despite parading as lawyers! Shame on India, shame on Bhaarat!

  • sam josh

    its time to change our law system. our govt. spends huge amounts to prolong a case for decades. govinda chammy, infact all cases- after years they proved to be a killer and rapist still waits “for what ???? why feeding them everyday its time to think!!!

  • Rahul Prakash

    in the soumya rape case, govindachami has not yet hanged and he is too happy in jail due to better food and living conditions. You can see it in the pic. at the time of arrest (left) and now (right).