Thiruvananthapuram, June 6
A young woman was forced to drink liquor allegedly by her husband after which he, along with four of his friends, assaulted, burnt her with cigarette butts and raped her in front of their five-year-old son, police said on Friday.
All five have been arrested.
The shocking incident occurred in the state capital on Thursday night.
The incident came to light after the 25-year-old woman approached police and complained against her husband and his four friends.
"We have verified the matter and recorded the arrest of the five people, including the husband. We are looking into the matter and are yet to nab one more accused," the police told PTI.
A case has been registered against the five accused for kidnapping, assaulting and gangrape.
Since the incident took place in front of the child, a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act has also been slapped on the accused.
Meanwhile, Health and Family Welfare Minister KK Shailaja asked the state police chief to take stringent action against the culprits as "such cruelty happened in front of her child".
The Kerala State Women's Commission on its own registered a case and sought report from the Thiruvananthapuram Rural SP.
The woman told police that her husband had taken her and their two children to the beach at nearby Puthucurichy on Thursday and later to a friend's house nearby, where she was forcibly fed alcohol and sexually assaulted in front of her elder son.
She managed to escape from there and pleaded for help from a young man, who took her to her house and informed the police.
The man later told some television channels that she was crying, had injuries on her face and pleaded for help.
The police have recorded the statement of the woman, who was admitted to a government hospital here and later discharged.
She had also said that the men had tortured her using cigarette butts.