Updated January 4th, 2024 at 08:45 IST
Andhra horror: Odisha teen gang-raped for days in Visakhapatnam, 11 arrested, hunt on to nab 2 more
As soon as the incident came to light, an FIR was lodged under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and other relevant sections.
Visakhapatnam: Police arrested 11 people in connection with the alleged gangrape of a 17-year-old girl in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam. The minor girl claimed that she was gang-raped by 13 men, including his boyfriend and his friend on different dates.
The arrested accused have been sent to judicial custody till January 12.
According to police, the girl was raped by his boyfriend Imran and his friend Shoaib on her birthday when they all had gone for an outing. The next morning, the two accused dropped her to her workplace. After which she attempted to end her life at RK Beach just when she was approached by a group of photographers who pretended to give her ‘moral strength’ and then took her to a lodge and allegedly raped her. Police said they have arrested 11 people and efforts are on to nab the remaining two accused.
Police said that girl hails from Odisha and she had come to Visakhapatnam nine months ago to work as a house help. She had gone missing on December 17after which her father lodged a missing complaint with police. She was again assaulted sexually on December 22 by six more men who joined the accused photographers. The accused have been identified as Raju, Harish, Nagendra, and Gopi, Srinu, Ashok, Naresh, Thambe, Eswar, and Praveen.
On December 23, she was dropped off near a police station in Odisha by one of the accused. She was provided shelter by police who then alerted her family. She was brought back to Visakhapatnam on December 25 by her father and police. Dealing with trauma, the girl narrated the horrific incident to her parents on December 31.
As soon as the incident came to light, an FIR was lodged under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and other relevant sections. After police launched an operation after which 11 arrests were made.
TDP National General Secretary Nara Lokesh also condemned the horrific incident and criticised the Andhra Pradesh government for failing to maintain law and order in the state.
Published January 4th, 2024 at 07:44 IST