It is a Christmas Eve this 20-year-old woman will not want to remember for the rest of her life.
She was allegedly raped twice in the space of a few hours in Puducherry, a state in south India.
First, she was abducted by three men and raped by one of them, The Times of India reported.
Within minutes of her being let off, another group of seven men allegedly abducted her and six of them took turns to rape her.
The police rescued the woman following a tip-off from her friend and arrested 10 people.
The victim, working in a computer firm in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu, had accompanied her friend, known as Miss Rani, to Karaikal in Puducherry to meet the latter's boyfriend on Christmas Eve.
A 17-year-old boy known to Miss Rani joined them when they went sightseeing.
Miss Rani complained of uneasiness and her boyfriend took them to a friend's house in the town. The victim is then believed to have gone out to have a meal.
She told the police that a gang of three men, who were watching them, abducted her on finding her alone. They took her to a secluded place and one of them raped her.
They let her off later. The victim managed to contact Miss Rani, and her boyfriend and the teenager located her.
When they were escorting her to a safe place, another gang of seven men allegedly assaulted the two and abducted her. After taking her to another secluded place, six of them took turns to allegedly rape her.
In the meantime, the two, along with their friends, launched a hunt for the victim. Their friends managed to spot a member of the second gang and allegedly attacked him.
On learning that their friend was attacked, the gang reached the spot and a fight broke out. A resident alerted the police.
The police managed to detain three of the men and later arrested seven more.
Senior superintendent of police (Karaikal) Monika Bhardwaj, who took the statement from the victim, said the police have launched an investigation to check her claims.
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