Bhopal: A 13-year-old girl was kidnapped and gang-raped by nine men in Madhya Pradesh’s Umaria district twice within five days, the police have said. The sickening incident comes at a time when the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government is running the ‘Samman’ campaign – a fortnight-long public awareness drive about crime against women across the state.
At least four such chilling incidents in the last six days against women in various parts of Madhya Pradesh, have raised questions about their safety in the state.
According to the police, the 13-year-old girl was first kidnapped by a young man known to her on January 4 and then raped by him and six of his friends for two days.
Before letting her go on January 5, the accused threatened to kill her if she told anybody so she did not file a complaint.
The horror was repeated six days later as she was again kidnapped on January 11 by one of the seven men who raped her before and then held captive in jungles as well as a roadside eatery, where three of them again raped her, the police said.
The girl’s ordeal didn’t end there. After being let go by the three accused, she was kidnapped again and allegedly raped by two truck drivers, before she managed to flee and return to her house on Friday early morning, they added.
The incident was reported to the police on Friday after which multiple teams conducted searches.
“We’ve so far arrested six accused and hope to catch the others. The case is registered under POSCO and relevant sections of the IPC,” police spokesperson Arvind Tiwari said.
(Inputs from Agencies and NDTV)