Punjabi singers Jelly, Manga facing gangrape charges
Two Punjabi singers Jarnail Singh alias Jelly and Maninder Manga and their associates Charanpreet Singh and Swaran Singh were on Wednesday booked for gangrepe by the SAS Nagar police.The accused singers and their associates are at large after cases were registered against them.
Harpal Singh Sandhu, SP Headquarters said that the complaint made by a Mohali (SAS Nagar) woman on September 29 was found true after a preliminary enquiry and cases were registered against the accused singers and their associates.
“We have registered a case against Jelly , Maninder Manga, Charanpreet Singh and Swaran Singh under various sections of IPC i.e. 376D (gangrape), 376 (rape), 363 (kidnapping), 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage) and 506 (criminal intimidation) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) besides section 66 of the Information Technology (IT) Act,” Harpal Singh Sandhu said.
The victim in her complaint had said that she wanted to learn singing from Jelly and had contacted him .Accused Jelly earlier this year,took her to a Sector 57 flat and introduced her to Maninder Manga ( singer) as the music master.
The rape victim , a married woman , was given a cold drink mixed with intoxicants.The accused singers along with two production team members gangraped her when she fell unconscious after consuming the drink.
The rape victim also accused the singers and their associates of recording a video of the gangrape. They threatened the woman to make the video public and continued to rape at their will.
Police said, the gangrape victim is a Punjabi actress who has worked in a number of Punjabi films.She said that she became pregnant after the gangrape and the accused singers asked her to drink a medicine used for abortions.She also said that the abortion medicine left a part of the foetus in the womb which was removed by a Kharad based private doctor.
The accused singer Jelly has refuted the gangrape allegations. He said that he had married the rape victim on September 3 in a local Gurudwara.The rape victim said the marriage drama was played by the signer to save his skin.
The medical reports have confirmed the rape. The gangrape accused are locals . The police has yet to make the arrests.
Another Punjabi singer Nachattar Gill was also arrested on charges of rape in December last year.He and his accomplices are accused of raping a model on the pretext of getting roles in the films.