Girl, 15, is gang-raped by up to 33 men in latest horrifying sex attack case in India
- Alleged incidents took place in multiple locations over an eight-month period
- Police said 24 men had been arrested and two minors had been detained
- Girl named 33 people in her report, police still searching for the seven suspects
- She claimed an attacker made video of her then used it as blackmail for months
- The girl is in stable condition and receiving treatment at a government hospital
A 15-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped on several occasions by up to 33 men in the latest shocking sex attack case in India.
The attacks took place at various locations in the Thane district of Maharashtra state over the last eight months, a senior official said.
Police have arrested 24 people and detained two minors in connection with the case so far, Dattatray Karale, additional commissioner of police (East region), said on Thursday.
The girl is said to be in a stable condition undergoing treatment at a government hospital.
Times of India reported that angry crowds had gathered outside the police station where the men were being held, drawing a heavy police presence.
A 15-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped on several occasions by up to 33 men in the latest shocking sex attack case in India. Pictured: Women protest after the brutal rape and murder of a Delhi Civil Defence employee earlier this month [File photo]
Police in the city of Dombivli registered a case on Wednesday night against 33 people accused of crimes including rape, repeated rape, gang-rape and rape of a minor, Karale said.
He added that the alleged offences were said to have happened between January 29 and September 22 of this year.
‘It all started when the lover of the girl raped her in January and made a video of the incident. He started blackmailing her on the basis of that video.
‘Later on, his friends and acquaintances gang-raped her at least on four to five occasions at different places, including Dombivli, Badlapur, Murbad and Rabale in the district,’ Business Standard of India reported Karale as saying.
A special investigative team has been formed to probe the case.
‘The victim has named 33 persons. Out of them, 24 persons have been arrested and two minors detained in this connection. The girl’s condition is said to be stable,’ Karale said.
Police are searching for the other suspects, while those already arrested will be remanded in custody until September 29.
The two minors will be remanded in custody at a children’s remand home.
India’s rape laws were overhauled after a 2012 gang rape in New Delhi but the number of offences remains high, with more than 28,000 rapes reported in 2020.
The actual number is likely to be much higher as many cases go unreported due to social stigma and lack of faith in authorities.
Police have long been accused of not doing enough to prevent violent crime and failing to bring sexual assault cases to court.
India’s rape laws were overhauled after a 2012 gang rape in New Delhi but the number of offences remains high, with more than 28,000 rapes reported in 2020. Pictured: Protesters light candles following the brutal rape and murder of a Delhi Civil Defence employee earlier this month [File photo]