Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Chennai: Men accused of raping 11-year-old thrashed in court

Chennai: Men accused of raping 11-year-old thrashed in court

According to ToI, the girl told police that elevator operator Ravi Kumar, 66, first sexually assaulted her in an unoccupied flat in the complex.

The hearing-impaired girl was allegedly sedated and given spiked soft drinks by the accused, which include the building's security guard and lift operator. "The sister informed their parents, who filed a complaint with the All Women Police Station in Ayanavaram".

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"A complaint was registered by the mother alleging that the girl was sexually assaulted by around 17 people at various days in various places inside the apartment campus", the official said adding that the investigation has begun. As the repeated sexual assault of the girl by several men over a period of time at an apartment complex sparked strong public outrage, the angry group lawyers pounced on the accused when they were coming down the stairs at the Mahila court after being remanded in judicial custody.

"We arrested all the 18 accused for the heinous crime", a local police office said on condition of anonymity. Later, they used to rape her and record the incident. Apart from the brutal thrashing, the lawyers have also refused to represent the accused at in Chennai minor gangrape case.

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The incident came to light when the minor girl finally confided in her elder sister. They videotaped the rape and threatened the girl, telling her not to tell anybody and to come whenever they called. They also videographed themselves in the act and would threaten the girl to stay quiet in return to not leaking the tapes. Other men soon joined in, raping the child repeatedly, the complainant said. The victim was taken for a medical examination and a team of senior government doctors who examined her confirmed that she was subjected to sexual assault.

In a separate case in May, a 16-year-old girl was gang-raped and burned to death in the northeastern state of Jharkhand, authorities said.

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On Tuesday morning, the suspects were taken to the residence of Mahila Court Judge in Saidapet and later brought to the complex, where the mahila court is housed.

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