15-Year-Old Schoolgirl Raped By Five Men, One Arrested

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New Delhi: Another minor was raped in India this week, this time a 15-year-old schoolgirl. She was allegedly attacked by five people in the Indian state of Tripura.

On Wednesday, police in the state shared details about the incident that took place in Sepahijala district of the state. Twitter users in the country have shared news reports, demanding justice for the victim and punishment for the accused.

Reportedly, the girl, who studies in the eighth grade knew one of the five men who entered her home on Sunday night, and physically assaulted her, police told local media.

Some reports mention that the men took her to a nearby jungle and raped her.

After she told her parents about the incident, on Monday, they filed a complaint at the local police station.

According to media reports, the police arrested the main accused, identified as Bhiku Debbarma. A police officer has said that the other four are on the run.

Indian Twitter users are once again questioning the country’s rape laws, and the time taken to mete out punishment, saying “justice delayed was justice denied”.

Tweep @nabakishore1967 posted: “In India punishment is not that strict compared to other countries for which the rogues are taking advantage of it. If punishment becomes strict either financially or physically, India can be a safer country.”

And, @taamardhwaj tweeted: “There is no fear of punishment, we may be able to control coronavirus in the near future but can we control these horrendous crimes, or do we not want to….?”

The arrested man was produced before a local court which set him to five days of judicial custody.

Apparently, the suspect was also the accused in a murder case last year, and had been on the run.

Facebook user Tanvi Ghosh wrote: “Murderers and rapists are walking free, unpunished. How can women feel safe?”

The girl is admitted at Bishramganj hospital.

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