Chennai: For over seven months, a 12-year-old girl was allegedly raped by as many as 20 men, most of them security guards and maintenance workers at an apartment complex at Ayanavaram in Chennai.
The police have arrested 17 people, including the society’s security guard, and produced them before a magistrate on Tuesday afternoon. When they were brought to court, they were thrashed allegedly by some lawyers. The Madras high court lawyers association has also decided not to represent any accused in the case.
The accused, police said, drugged and sedated the victim, who has a hearing disability, before sexually assaulting her. They police say she was also blackmailed. The accused, who included the lift operators and water suppliers who frequented the gated apartment complex, threatened her with dire consequences if she told her family.
The shocking repeated sexual assault came to light after the victim, a class seven student, narrated her ordeal to her elder sister, who had come to Chennai from Delhi last week to spend some time with her family.
The sister informed their parents who lodged a police complaint on July 15.The arrests were made following a complaint by the victim’s father. The victim has identified all the accused, police said. The arrested also included plumbers, electricians and others engaged in menial jobs, they said.