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From plumbers to security guards of a gated society located in Purasawalkam, an innocent 12-year-old girl was raped by 22 men for seven months.
According to police the Class VII girl was allegedly sedated with injections, drug-laced soft drinks before sexually assaulting her and was videographed. The accused reportedly blackmailed the child for a prolonged period with the threat of releasing the videos and sexually exploited her for months.
How could 22 people rape a girl with physical disabilities?
The girl had a hearing disorder and the horrific case was reported by her mother on Monday. The police have arrested 17 men.
The minor was subjected to cruelty, torture and sexual assault. She was sedated by drugs, injections and a powder that they made her sniff before sexually assaulting her. The predators had taken videos of the act and were blackmailing her for sexual favours.
According to ToI, the girl told police that elevator operator Ravi Kumar, 66, first sexually assaulted her in an unoccupied flat in the complex. Three days later two men from outside the complex also raped her and videotaped the incident. Other men later joined in Rajiv to sexually assault the child repeatedly. Police say the men sometimes tied a belt around the girl’s neck and covered her eyes before raping her
The identified suspects include:-
Security guards Murugesh, 54, Palani, 40, Abishek, 23, Sugumaran, 60, Prakash, 58, and Umapathy, 42; elevator operators Ravi Kumar, Paramasivam, 60, Dheenadayalan, 50, Srinivasan, 45, and Babu, 36; plumbers Jaiganesh, 23, Raja, 32, Surya, 23, Suresh, 32; an electrician Jayaraman, 26; a housekeeping employee, Rajasekar, 40; and a gardener, Gunasekar, 55.
They have been booked under the sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).
This story has shaken me to the core.
The police officer informed that on last Saturday, the 12-year-old told everything to her older sister, who is studying in a college in Delhi. Her sister informed parents about the horrific incident, upon which they lodged a complaint in Ayanavaram women police station. Medical examination revealed that many have raped the 12-year-old girl.
Her rapists weren’t a child-trafficking gang or relatives of the victim – these were normal people who were co-workers and colleagues servicing a building in Chennai.
This horrific incident has caught attention of international media also. This is really shameful as such incidents tarnish our country’s image!
Last month, a report from Thomson Reuters Foundation found that India was the least safe country in the world to be a woman, followed by Afghanistan and Syria.
I condemn such acts and demand strict action against accused!