A 5-year-old girl in India was gangraped by three minor boys in a secluded place near her home.
The police told local media Wednesday the girl was playing outside her home when the boys dragged her away. The boys sexually assaulted the child and recorded the act on a mobile phone, The Indian Express reported. The three accused in the case have been taken into custody.
The incident took place in a town in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
“The three boys were detained and later produced before the Juvenile Justice Board which sent them to a correctional home. We have seized the cellphone which was used to record the crime,” Additional Superintendent of Police Ayodhya Prasad Singh told local media.
A rape complaint was filed by the girl’s family after the video of the incident circulated on social media. The family alleged the girl had been taken away by some boys from the neighborhood.
The boys threatened the girl with a knife before raping her, Live Hindustan reported [Google Translate showed]. They also told her they would post the video on social media if she revealed about the act to anyone. The victim’s current condition is not known.
The local police launched an investigation into the incident. The charges placed against the three accused have not been revealed. The exact date when the crime took place has not been mentioned.
Despite strict laws being imposed in the country in the last few years, crime against women has been on the rise.
Last week, a 4-year-old girl was raped and killed by her distant relative in the state of Bihar. Following the incident, several people took to the streets to demand death penalty for the accused. Locals also thrashed the accused after the incident came to light. “He will be sent to jail after being discharged from the hospital. Trial in the case will within one week,” senior police officer Rajkumar Sah told The Times of India at the time. Police said that the accused dumped the body of the victim on the railway track after killing her. Media reports claimed the accused was a rickshaw puller.
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