Mumbai: An 18-year-old boy and eight minors were arrested for allegedly gangraping a Class 5 girl and filming the assault in Haryana’s Rewari district. Five of the minors are aged between 10 and 12, the police said.
Rewari DSP (headquarters) Hansraj, said the victim’s family had lodged a complaint on June 8.
“The boys took the girl to the government school near her house. They raped her and recorded the incident. They threatened the girl with dire consequences if she told anybody about the assault. After circulating the video, they started blackmailing the victim,” DSP said.
Though the 18-year-old was presented before a local court in Rewari, which sent him to judicial custody and the five juveniles were sent to an observation home. Three minors were arrested for filming the incident and will be sent to an observation home on June 10.
However, the accused were booked under Section 376DB (gang rape on woman under 12 years) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act sections of Information Technology (IT) Act and the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
Meanwhile, Rohtak deputy superintendent of police Gorakhpal said, “We are trying to ascertain the involvement of other people.”
The minor girl’s mother said the accused had barged into their house and tried to molest her daughter. They killed the actor when he intervened.
“The victim and the accused minors will be counselled,” the Rewari DSP said.