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22 men rape a disabled child for over seven months

Chennai: Barely a week after the Chennai High Court’s verdict, where the young techie was sentenced to death for having raped and murdered a seven-year-old girl child in Chennai, another shocking rape case has been reported from the city.

This time a group of 22 men, including security guards, plumbers and even elevator operators took turns to sedate and rape the 11-year-old child over a period of seven months. The victim, with a hearing disorder child, would be allegedly intoxicated by these men and raped. They even made videos of the act and threatened the child with dire consequences and of making the video public, if she confided or complained to anyone.

During the ordeal that lasted for over seven months, the girl would be taken away by the elevator operator, Ravi, the moment she alighted off her school van, following which she would be sedated by injections, spiked drinks and a powdery substance which she would be made to sniff following which these men used to rape her.

According to the complainant, it was Ravi who first raped her and then brought in others to rape her in turns. “This continued till the girl’s elder sister, who is a college student in Delhi, came to visit her parent. It was then that the girl confided in her sister about her trauma. Following which the sister informed her parents, who then approached the All Women Police Station in Ayanavaram to lodge a formal complaint,” said an official to Scroll.

Following the complaint 18 of the 22 accused have been arrested by the Chennai Police and had been produced before the Mahila Court. According to sources, three of the accused have already admitted their crime.

According to The Hindu, the accused have been book under section 307, 506(ii) of the Indian Penal Code and section 5, 6, 9, 10 and 12 of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, amounting to attempt to murder, criminal intimidation, aggravated penetrative sexual assault, punishment for penetrative sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, punishment for aggravated penetrative sexual assault, and sexual harassment respectively.

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