11-year old raped by 18 men over a period of seven months in Chennai

A 11 year old girl was allegedly raped by over a dozen men over a period of seven months at a Chennai apartment building, PTI reported. The police have arrested 18 people, including the building’s security guard.

A report in the Times of India states that the child, who has an impaired hearing, was regularly assaulted by 22 men.  The girl had allegedly been sedated and given spiked soft drinks. The police reported that she had also faced blackmail as the men had filmed themselves raping her. The men also threatened her with violence, saying they would release the video.

The report was filed by the mother to the police and a complaint was registered when the girl had told her sister that she had a stomach ache and narrated the whole ordeal to her. Her sister brought it to the notice of her parents, who then registered a complaint with the all-women police station in Ayanavaram.

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“Ravi(66-year-old lift operator) would lead away the child as soon as she alighted from her school van to the basement, public washrooms, the terrace and gym, where he and his accomplices raped her. Many of the flats were vacant so the suspects had little hindrance while committing the crime,” the officer told TOI.

The men were all reportedly employees of FOCUS and UK Facility Services, a private security firm in the city. Among the people arrested are the liftman and the water supplier.

A report in The New Indian Express states that three men have confessed to the crime while 15 others have been detained.

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