Horrific details of teen girl who was 'raped by 400 men including cops'

Police in western India have arrested at least seven men following claims from a 16-year-old girl that she was raped hundreds of times by hundreds of men.

The chairman of India's Child Welfare Committee (CWC) Abhay Vitthalrao Vanave said that in the last six months, the girl said she was raped by 400 people in Beed district of Maharashtra state.

India Today reported the girl named two police officers in her complaint.

Images from a protest in India showing women holding signs and candles.
Protesters marching against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on the issue of alleged rape of a 9-year-old girl in August in Delhi. Source: AAP via Sipa USA

Teen allegedly forced into sex work

According to the publication, the case was registered under The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and rape and molestation sections of the Indian Penal Code.

The teenager, who was homeless, was allegedly forced into sex work by three of the men after begging for money at a bus stop.

Mr Vanave said the girl said she could identify 25 of the men allegedly involved, but it could be hard to prove how many were involved in total.

Map with a red pin showing where Beed is located in India.
Beed is a city in the central region of Maharashtra state in India. Source: Google Maps

Girl forced into marriage

The girl told police she had been forced into marrying a 33-year-old man eight months ago, but had left because he was sexually abusing her. She had returned home and wanted to live with her father but he refused, forcing her onto the streets.

It was reported in the India Times, the teen had complained about sexual abuse several times to police but it had been ignored.

India Today reported that a police complaint and case was registered this week and an investigation is underway.

Asian News International tweeted that three people have been arrested in an alleged case of rape of a minor married girl on Monday, adding that the victim is reportedly two months pregnant.

According to CNN, India's National Crime Records Bureau said 28,000 cases of alleged rape against women were reported in 2020 — one roughly every 18 minutes.

However, experts believe the real number is much higher as many attacks go unreported out of fear.

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