The police have arrested 18 men for raping an 11-year-old girl for several months in an apartment complex in the eastern Indian city of Chennai.
The girl who has a hearing impairment was sedated and given soft drinks which were spiked by the men who raped her. They are the building’s security guard and lift operator.
These men who were between 23 and 66 years old made videos while raping the girl and threatened to deal with her if she told the police. The girl narrated her ordeal to her elder sister who told her parents and they lodged a complaint with the city police on Sunday. The men have been charged under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
The local police officer said: “We arrested all the 18 accused for the heinous crime. They sexually assaulted her multiple times in a storage room on the building terrace over the past seven months”
The Indian government has approved death penalty for those convicted of raping girls younger than 12 years. This was approved after the rape and killing of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu, Kashmir and several other cases of sexual assault involving minors sparked outrage.
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