An Indian woman has accused her family of gang-raping her after she eloped with a man.
The 21-year-old woman, from Muzaffarnagar, told authorities her father, two uncles and her brother gang-raped her after she eloped with a 32-year-old man named Gayasuddin from Dhaneda, The Times of India reported. It is unclear if the woman's name was released.
The woman and the man, who is a father of three, eloped twice, in July and October. The woman's family reportedly filed an abduction complaint with authorities both times.
The man was initially freed by a court after the woman told authorities she left with him on her own accord. The second time around, the woman told the high court that she was gang-raped by her own family at a nursing home and forced to miscarry.
The high court ordered to have the woman's father, Haakim, her brother, Saabir and two uncles, Sameen and Aashu, arrested on Nov. 18. They are facing charges of gang-rape, causing a miscarriage without a woman's consent, and other offenses.
But the woman's mother says her husband and son are innocent. She accused her daughter of making the accusations "under (her lover) Gayasuddin's influence."
This is now the second reported gang-rape in just two months in the area.
In October, a woman told police she was raped by four men in Uttar Pradesh in front of her husband and their 2-year-old child, the Hindustan Times reported.
The woman and her family were returning home on a motorcycle from Basera village -- which is close to Muzaffarnagar -- when they were stopped by the suspects in a car. The suspects told the family that a local bridge was damaged and that they needed to take a back road.
While maneuvering through the back road, the suspects reportedly forced the motorcycle to pull over and attacked the husband. They then dragged the family to a sugarcane field, according to authorities.
“After this, one of the men placed a sharp-edged knife against the victim’s son’s neck as they took turns raping her," an officer at a local police station told the Hindustan Times. "After committing the crime, they escaped uninterrupted."
The officer said the woman was barely conscious when she approached a farmer, who subsequently called emergency services. Police then arrived at the scene and collected evidence.
Senior Superintendent of Police Anant Dev Tiwari also inspected the scene and urged local authorities to intensify their search for the four suspects.
It is unclear if the suspects are still at large.