Chennai: An 11-year-old hearing impaired girl in Chennai was allegedly raped by more than 15 men over the last six months, The New Indian Express reported.
On Monday, police arrested 18 men in connection to the case. The incident came to light on July 13, when the victim, a class 7 student, informed her elder sister that she was suffering from stomach pain. “She told her sister that she was raped, sometimes even gang-raped, by the men working in the apartment they lived in. Subsequently, the sister informed the parents who lodged a complaint with the police,” a police officer was quoted as saying by NIE.
The victim’s family hails from Delhi and moved to the city 30 years ago. They live in a gated community of 300 houses, equipped with round-the-clock security. In the complaint, the victim’s mother said the assaults began on January 15 when the lift operator, Ravi, 66, took the child to an isolated place in the apartment complex and raped her.
“A few days later, he brought two other men from outside, who were under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and raped her. They videotaped the rape and threatened the girl, telling her not to tell anybody and to come whenever they called. Fearing this, the girl remained silent,” said the officer, quoting the victim.
The mother alleged the men had taken the child to isolated places in the complex, including the basement, public washroom, terrace, and gym, and raped her. “The men tied a belt around her neck and covered her eyes and sometimes spiked her soft drinks to rape her,” the mother said in the complaint, NIE reported.