In a heinous crime, a Class XI student who was celebrating her 17th birthday along with her male friend was gang-raped by six people. The act was also video-graphed by the accused.
According to the reports, the 17-year-old minor girl who was out with a male friend in a park to celebrate a birthday party was allegedly raped by six men. The incident took place on November 26 in Seeranayakan village of Coimbatore district in Tamil Nadu.
The city police have now arrested four of the accused on Friday within hours of her mother lodging a complaint. A special team has been formed to nab the other two accused. The accused have been booked under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, and Sections 354 (assault on the woman to outrage her modesty) and 506(ii) (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
According to police, the girl’s friend had taken her to the park around 8 pm on the day. As they were about to return around 9 pm, the two were attacked by the six-member gang. They assaulted the male friend, dragged him to an isolated place near the park, stripped and video-graphed him. They then gang-raped the girl in front of him and video-graphed that too, the police said.
Later, the gang members let them off. The police said the minor girl spent the night at the boy’s house. She returned home the next evening and told her mother about the incident. Subsequently, the girl and her mother lodged a complaint with the RS Puram all-woman police on Friday.
The team headed by Police inspector Prabhadevi subsequently arrested T Rahul (21), R Prakash (22), S Karthikeyan (28), and S Narayanamurthy (30), all residents of Seeranaickenpalayam on Friday. They were produced before the district Mahila court and remanded in judicial custody in the Coimbatore central prison.
The horrific crime at Coimbatore has occurred at a time when the entire country is shocked following the barbaric killing of a veterinary doctor in Hyderabad, who was brutally raped, murdered and her body was set ablaze on Wednesday.