Minor girl out to celebrate birthday raped: 4 arrested in TN

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The girl had gone to a park with her friend and were returning home, when the gang accosted them. Representational image only. Photo: iStock.

A minor girl out with her male friend in a park to celebrate her birthday was allegedly
raped by six men, four of whom have been arrested, police said on Saturday.

The 11th standard student had gone to a park with her male friend on November 26 and were returning home at around 9 PM when the gang accosted them, assaulted the man, dragged her to a secluded place and raped her.

They also videographed the incident, police said. The girl narrated the incident to her mother the next day following which a complaint was lodged at an All Women police station.

Investigations led to the arrest of four men, who were booked under various sections of the POCSO Act, 354 (assault on woman to outrage her modesty) and 506 (ii) (criminal
intimidation) of IPC, they said.

They were produced before a Mahila Court, which remanded them to custody and lodged in the central jail here. A search is on for other two men, including the gang leader, police said.

This is the fourth such incident reported this week. On Thursday a young veterinary doctor from Hyderabad was raped and murdered near a toll plaza on the city outskirts. The Cyberabad police on Friday (November 29) detained four persons—a truck driver, his assistant and two others—in connection with the rape and murder of the veterinary doctor.

A woman in her 40s was raped and murdered by a migrant labourer at Perumbavoor in Kerala’s Ernakulam district on Thursday. It was found that the accused was from Assam.

In another similar incident, a 20-year-old Dalit girl was found hanging in a farmland near Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu. Preliminary investigations suggested that the girl was raped and murdered.

(With inputs from agencies)