Police arrest all four accused after gang-rape of teenager sparks wide outrage in India
PATNA, INDIA: Hours after the gang-rape of a teenager sparked wide outrage in India, police have arrested all the four persons named accused in the case.
The victim who is undergoing statement at a government hospital in India’s Bihar state had only recently been rescued by the police from a care home which is now being investigated for infamous sex-scandal.
At least 34 girls rescued from the care home have alleged that they were gang-raped for months by the care home officials and visitors.
“We have arrested all the four accused persons who had been absconding since the incident. The case will be speedily tried,” Bihar’s additional director general of police Jitendra Kumar told the local media on Tuesday.
“The accused persons have confessed to raping the girls,” the police official said.
The victim was going to the house of the relative in Bihar West Champaran district on Saturday evening when four masked men driving a car dragged her inside and raped her one by one on the moving car.
“They continued driving the car on the road and raped me in the running car one by one. They dropped me at a secluded place later,” the victim said in her complaint petition to the police.
Reports quoting local media said the victim was one of the girls who were recently rescued from a child care home being run by an NGO at Muzaffarpur, a north Bihar town some 80 km from Patna, capital city of Bihar.
The alleged mass rape of destitute girls had came to the light after Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), a multi-campus public funded research university in India’s financial capital Mumbai, conducted social audit of the care home last year.
In its detailed report, the TISS stated that “Institutions of all categories were found to be indulging in some form of abuse”, according to the reports.
The entire case took a sharp turn when India’s apex court ordered the case to be investigated by the nation’s premier investigating agency Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
In another significant development, authorities have ordered the “horror home” where the victim girls were sexually abused, to be razed to the ground.