A minor Dalit girl in Thiruvananthapuram rural district was brutally raped and was repeatedly abused for over two months after the assailants blackmailed the victim with visuals of the initial assault they had filmed. On Monday, police arrested seven youths who had allegedly abused the girl.
According to police, more persons are suspected to be involved in the case. The exact number of persons involved in the rape would be known only after the arrest of the king pin of the group.
Police said one of the assailants developed an acquaintance with the victim through her brother. Two months ago, they informed the girl that her brother was in a drunken state at a liquor bar at Attingal and asked her if could take him back home.
When the girl left the house to meet her brother, two assailants lured her to a deserted area and brutally raped. They filmed the assault in the mobile phone. They threatened the girl that the visuals of the sexual abuse would be released on social media if she informed anyone about the rape.
In the following weeks, several persons repeatedly abused the girl. She had little option but to go with the men as the handlers used to blackmail her with the visuals. On March 31, the girl was asked to reach Parippally in the district. The gang came by an auto, but the girl was reluctant to go with them. Enraged over the girl’s stand, they physically attacked her. Local people who noticed the incident, informed the police, who in turn learnt about the alleged rape.
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