Four minor tribal girls were reportedly abducted from their hostel in Litipara block of Pakur district and gangraped by a group of 10-15 men on Sunday night. While medical tests have confirmed rape,no arrests have been made so far.
The girls,belonging to the Parhaiya primitive tribal group,hail from Pakur and Sahibganj districts. They were living in a hostel on the ECI Mission School campus in Jamjuri village.
Two of the victims are Class III students,reported to be 12-13 years old; the other two are older and were enrolled in a tailoring course run by the school. Superintendent of Police Y S Ramesh said all the victims are below 18 years.
According to reports,the men went to the hostel after 11 pm on Sunday. About 150 students and 25 women were in the building. The men took the four girls to an open space,about 500 metres from the school,and raped them, said Ramesh. The victims returned to the hostel after about two hours.
When contacted,officials of the Evangelical Church of India in Chennai,which runs the school,said they were aware of the incident but did not have more details.