Minor gang-raped by classmates, 5 arrested
DECCAN CHRONICLE | DC Correspondent
Hyderabad: Four of her classmates allegedly raped a 17-year-old student after barging into her house, while a fifth boy, also a minor filmed the assault on a smartphone and forwarded the video to friends, Hayathnagar police said on Tuesday.
According to the police, the accused allegedly went to the victim's home on November 17 when her family members weren't home and repeatedly raped her. Both the victim and the accused are Class X and Class IX students.
Police said the five boys followed the victim home from school during lunchtime and pretended to want to borrow a science textbook.
When she went inside to get the book, the boys entered the home and assaulted her. On November 27, two of the boys went back to her house and raped her again.
The victim then came to know that the accused had shared a video of the assault on WhatsApp with others.
The girl, according to Rachakonda police commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat, was initially afraid to tell her parents about the rape. But, following the repeat incident on November 27, she mustered enough courage to narrate her ordeal to her parents.
Bhagwat stated that the family approached the police on November 28 and lodged a complaint in a sealed envelope to the assistant commissioner of police at Vanasthalipuram.
Following the complaint, the police arrested all the five accused on Tuesday and registered cases under IPC Section 376, read with 34 (gangrape of a minor), Section 449 (trespass) and various sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and Section 67 B of Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000.
The police commissioner said the accused used to frequently roam in the locality after school and watch pornography on their mobile phones.
Four boys were charged for rape, and the fifth boy was booked for filming the incident on his mobile phone. The five boys were taken to the Osmania General Hospital after their arrest for potency tests and were later produced before Juvenile Justice Board.