New Delhi: A girl aged 15 named over 30 people have been gang-raping her multiple times over a period of nine months near Mumbai. This is a case that has left Maharashtra shaken to the core. The girl has named 33 attackers. Cops arrested 24 people. Two minors have also been detained.
The tragic story began in January when the girl’s friend allegedly raped her and filmed the crime. He used the video to blackmail her and rape her again. He allegedly shared the video with many others – friends and acquaintances – and they all used it to blackmail the teen.
The girl was gang-raped by the group multiple times and at several spots near Mumbai, according to the police.
Statement by the police
“It all started when the lover of the girl raped her in January and made a video of the incident. He started blackmailing her on the basis of that video. Later on, his friends and acquaintances gang-raped her at least on four to five occasions at different places, including Dombivili, Badlapur, Murbad and Rabale in the district,” Additional Commissioner of Police (East region), Dattatray Karale said.
The girl approached the police last night doctors are treating her in hospital. Her wrenching account led to the arrest of 24 men. She knew almost all the attackers, the police said. Some perpetrators also have connections with politicians.
Meanwhile the police have listed charges under the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
Also the case has caused public outrage and has also seized the attention of political parties who have demanded the toughest punishment for those who assaulted the girl.
A special investigation team (SIT) has been formed under ACP Sonali Dhole to probe the case.
“The victim has named 33 persons. Out of them, 24 persons have been arrested and two minors detained in this connection. The girl’s condition is said to be stable,” Karale said. Image credits: unsplash