NEW DELHI  - Two women have been kidnapped and gang-raped near Delhi, police told AFP on Thursday, in two separate incidents that highlighted the persistent risk of sexual assault in India.

In one case, three men abducted and attacked a 19-year-old woman, who hailed an auto rickshaw carrying two male passengers near a popular shopping centre in Delhi’s satellite city of Ghaziabad last weekend, a police official said. “The driver drove the rickshaw to a remote forested area where he and the two other men repeatedly raped her before fleeing the area,” Nitin Tiwari, Ghaziabad’s senior superintendent of police, told AFP. The teen then made her way to a local police station where she filed a case against her attackers, two of whom confessed to their crimes earlier this week, Tiwari said. Police are still in pursuit of the third man, he added.

The second incident involved a 25-year-old woman who met one of her alleged attackers in a park in east Delhi to discuss a possible job opportunity, Delhi police press officer Satbir Singh told AFP. “She said the man offered her a soft drink, which she drank before passing out due to something in the drink. When she woke up, she found herself trapped in a car with a few other men inside. The men raped her before dumping her near a dustbin, where police found her lying unconscious at two in the morning,” he said. Police have registered a case and are hunting for the alleged attackers, he added. Police also said a three-year-old child who was allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped had been admitted to a hospital in the southern state of Kerala, local media reported.