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[Representational Image] Another gangrape in Uttar Pradesh: 19-year-old teacher attacked by 3 men in Bareilly Pictured: Students protest the rising violence against women, Raisina Hill/ Rajpath; the morning saw as many women as men come out for this spontaneous march, December 22, 2012Wikimedia Commons/Nilanjana Roy

The forensic team of Uttar Pradesh Police reached the spot in Bareilly on Wednesday where a 19-year-old teacher was allegedly gang-raped by three masked men a day earlier. The event took place days after a mother and daughter underwent the same ordeal near Bulandshahr on the Delhi-Kanpur highway in the state.

The school teacher in Bareilly said that she was on her way to school on Tuesday a car stopped next to her. The men dragged her to a sugarcane field and raped her. They recorded the assault and then left her in the field near the highway. The attackers allegedly threatened the woman, saying they would release the video on social media if she complained. According to some reports, the woman is a Dalit.

"We are investigating the case and hope to arrest the accused soon," a police officer told the media.

Police officials, including the Inspector General, Deputy Inspector General, Senior Superintendent of Police, City Superintendent of Police (SP) and SP (Crime) had rushed to the area after the incident came to light. Rajesh Singh, the inspector of CB Ganj police station, was reportedly suspended following the incident. A team of police officials also accompanied the woman to the crime spot on Tuesday.

A police case was registered against the men, who are on the run. Additional Superintendent of Police Samir Saurabh said that the woman was dumped in Mathurapur on the national highway, according to the Indian Express.

As of now Inspector CB Ganj RK Singh has been placed under suspension," Saurabh said.

After the Bulandshahr twin gangrape case, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was heavily criticised by the Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for lack of law and order in the state. Women's safety has become a key rallying point in Uttar Pradesh before the Assembly elections.

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