Srinagar: A 16-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped by for six months by 10 persons in Solapur district of Maharashtra.
According to police, five of the accused have been arrested under Indian Penal Code Section 376-D (gangrape) and provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual offences Act (POCSO) and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, reported news gathering agency PTI.
The incident came to light after some locals saw the girl crying outside a temple in the city on Tuesday and alerted the police.
“The girl was disturbed, but after the police took her into confidence, she narrated the ordeal. A case was subsequently registered and five out of the 10 accused were arrested,” a police official at Solapur said.
The girl and some of the accused were friends. They were later joined by other accomplices in the crime, she said.
The accused, among whom some are auto-rickshaw drivers, forcefully took her to various places over six months and allegedly raped her, the official said.