Eight men have been arrested for allegedly raping a minor girl in a village in the Palghar district of Maharashtra, police said on Sunday.
Took her to an unoccupied bungalow
The incident occurred during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday when the accused raped the teenage girl at an unoccupied bungalow in their beach village before taking her to the seashore, where they sexually assaulted her again.
According to officers, the girl said she had been lured by one of the men, who is said to be a minor.
Then, they took turns to rape her till the next morning, they added.
A case of gang-rape has been registered against all eight accused at Satpati police station, a spokesperson of Palghar district rural police said, adding that the victim was around 16 years old.
“In her complaint lodged on Saturday, the victim said that her ordeal began at 8 pm on December 16 that continued till 11 am the next day,” a police officer said.
Based on her complaint, the police arrested the eight accused in the early hours of Sunday and registered a case against them under various Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections, including 376 (D) (gang-rape), 366 (A) (procuration of minor girl), 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), and sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, he said.
Only days after Bihar gang rape shocker
The incident comes only 2 weeks after a 14-year-old was gang raped in Bihar’s Kaimur district. Not only did the minor girl get allegedly gang-raped by four boys, but she was also violated by the headmaster – whom she asked for help.
The girl was abducted and raped when she stepped out to defecate, The Times of India reported. The boys – including two of her classmates – abducted the girl, who then took her to an isolated spot in the hilly area and raped her, taking turns.
According to the girl’s complaint, one of the boys repeatedly covered her mouth to ensure she didn’t scream.
Upon spotting the headmaster of the government-run primary school, the girl hoped he would save her. But to her shock, he raped her too. Later, he was arrested by the police.
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