A 22-year-old tribal woman from Telangana was allegedly raped by two contract workers from the Forest Department, when she went to collect Mahua flowers near Tadwai in Jayashankar Bhupalapally district.
The Times of India reported that the woman had gone out with two more women, and the two men, identified as Santosh and Vijay, allegedly followed them into the forest.
The TOI report adds that two women managed to escape back to their village, and inform the elders, who visited the Tadwai police station and filed a complaint on the incident.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, District Superintendent R. Bhaskaran said that a case under IPC 366, 376 (D) and 506 was registered against the suspects, which deal with kidnapping, gangrape and criminal intimidation respectively.
The two men were reported to be absconding after the incident.
This incident also came to light two days after another heart-wrenching event, where a mentally-ill tribal minor girl from Telangana succumbed to an infection on Friday.
The girl was allegedly repeatedly raped for many months, and was infected after she became pregnant and underwent a botched abortion.
According to the police, a 24-year-old man from the same village, had taken advantage of the girl's mental illness to rape her several times.
When the parents found out about the incident and approached the panchayat, they asked the man to marry the girl or pay a fine of Rs 40,000 to her family and arrange for her pregnancy to be aborted.
The police have since booked 10 villagers and the doctor who conducted the abortion.
The police have registered a complaint under the POCSO Act and sections of the IPC, based on a complaint from the girl's mother.