Six minor boys in India have been arrested for allegedly gangraping a 13-year-old girl.
The accused, who lived in the eastern state of Assam, were aged between 13 and 15. The police said Wednesday the girl was sexually assaulted on Nov. 1.
“As per the complaint by the parents of the girl, she was alone in the house when the incident took place. The boys forcefully entered the house and raped her one by one. They also made videos of the act on their phones and assaulted her,” a senior police officer, identified as Partha Pratim Das, said, the New Indian Express reported, citing Press Trust of India.
Authorities said the girl was scared and did not disclose the crime to anyone, as the accused had threatened to leak her video. However, she opened up to her parents about her ordeal, following which a police complaint was filed by the victim’s family earlier this week.
“That video footage is the piece of evidence that we are investigating. The victim has been sent to the hospital for a medical checkup. What we have learned so far is that the victim was gangraped six days back. This is a case of late reporting,” a police officer told Barak Bulletin.
The police have registered a case under various sections of the IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO).
“We have arrested all the six culprits, who are aged between 13 years and 15 years. The videos shot by them on the mobile have also been recovered,” Das said.
As part of the investigation, blood samples and other evidence were collected and sent for forensic testing.
“The boys have been sent to a juvenile home. Further investigation is on,” Das said.
As the boys are minors, their identities have not been made public.
Earlier this month, a 25-year-old man was arrested in connection to the alleged rape of a 4-year-old girl. Following the rape, the girl was dumped in a sugarcane field. The incident took place in the state of Madhya Pradesh. After the girl went missing, her family launched a search. She was found 16 hours later in an unconscious state, covered in blood. The accused has been arrested under Section 363 (kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Later, they added Section 376 (rape) and relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, senior police officer Vivek Singh said at the time.