TN teacher critical after ‘gangrape’

A young computer teacher from Tamil Nadu is in a critical condition after allegedly being gangraped in Maldives. The 24-year-old girl, who taught at a private institution, was alone in her house on the Dhangethi island when locals reportedly barged in on Sunday night and raped her.

Sources said that the woman, admitted to Mahibathoo hospital, has undergone several hours of re-constructive surgery to stop massive bleeding. Two Indian doctors are among those treating her.

The incident has raised concern as Dhangethi has barely 1,000 residents and it was well-known that the woman, who moved to the island a few weeks ago, was an Indian. The brutality of the crime has also shocked many. While her husband also works in the Maldives, the girl was reportedly living with a friend on the island. She has been in Maldives for close to a year.

"Re-constructive surgery has managed to control the bleeding but she is still not out of danger," an official said.

Speaking to The Indian Express, the woman's brother, who works in the Maldivian capital of Male, said her assaulters had also robbed her, taking away her laptop, mobile phone and other valuables. "We do not even want to break the news to our mother," he said, adding that his sister was being administered glucose but remained critical.

The Indian High commission in Male has been informed.

In similar cases in the past, alleged rapists have got away due to deficiencies in the law. Maldives law does not differentiate between physical and sexual assault. The last such incident involving an Indian was in 2011, when a nurse had been raped.

MEA sends 2 officials to Male mission

NEW DELHI: Two Indian diplomats, including a woman official, have been rushed by the Indian High Commission in Male to help the 24-year-old Indian computer teacher, who was raped in Maldives and is in a "very serious condition". She has undergone blood transfusion, the MEA said here on Tuesday.

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