INDORE: In a shocking incident, two teenaged schoolgirls were allegedly raped by at least 15 men in broad daylight in a deserted farm at Betna, near Indore. One of the accused is the son of a corporator in the local municipal council.
The incident took place on February 10, but the girls revealed it to their parents only on Saturday, following which the families approached the police.
A secret meeting that one of the girls had fixed up with one Javed sparked the ordeal that is bound to haunt them their entire life. Javed reportedly persuaded the girl to meet him, threatening to consume poison in front of her house if she failed to do so. Panicking, the girl decided to meet him at an isolated place, but took her cousin along. Javed and the girl then decided to go elsewhere for a chat, and as they were leaving, a gang of ten men intercepted them. According to police inspector D S Baghel, the men dragged the hapless girls to a deserted field nearby where they took turns to rape the two. And Javed, who has since been arrested, too joined in the act.
The ordeal of the girls, who come from very poor families and are students of a local government school, didn't end there. Some men working in neighbouring fields landed up at the farm on hearing the commotion. And instead of rescuing the duo, they too allegedly raped them. Baghel said they were still to ascertain if more than 15 men were involved in the brutal incident.
According to the girls, some of the men also took pictures of the act on their mobiles and warned them not to the reveal anything. For a week, the traumatized victims remained mum, but on Saturday morning, they gathered enough courage to tell their parents about the shocker.
Betma SSP A Sai Manohar confirmed to TOI that one of the accused was the son of a local municipal counsellor, but asserted that "no matter how influential, we will see to it that they are all tried".
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