A class 11 girl was gagged and raped by three men in a moving car in Greater Noida on April 18. However, the incident only came to light recently. As the 17-year-old had missed her school bus on that day and was walking back home a classmate offered to drop her. There were two other men in the car. According to the girl, one of them is her distant relative.

Usually, the girl would return home by 3 pm. However, when she was missing for the entire day the girl’s parents approached the police.  The girl was missing for hours before being found by the police in an unconscious state around midnight in the Knowledge Park area. The parents were informed and an FIR was filed.

“We received information from the girl’s father that on April 18, she could not be found and based on his statement a First Information Report was filed against three people. We have caught the main accused and another youth, while a third one is still on the run,” said Awneesh Kumar, a senior police officer, NDTV reported.

The girl alleged that she was forced by the men to have a drink which was spiked. As a result, she became partly unconscious and the men took turns to rape her.

“One of them was a distant relative who had come from Palwal while another was her classmate. Since she knew the boys, she decided to accompany them in the car. But, they allegedly held her captive and forced themselves upon her one by one,” Greater Noida station officer Ram Bhawan Singh said to TOI.

An FIR was registered against the accused under Section 376 and sections of the POCSO Act, 2012. The police are on the lookout for the three accused.

In the recent past, a large number of rape cases, especially against children have come to light. The Kathua and Unnao rape cases have generated a huge public outcry. As a consequence, the government also amended the law to include death penalty for child rapists. Another horrifying rape case emerged from Muzaffarnagar in UP. A 13-year-old girl was confined by a doctor in his clinic for three days and was raped repeatedly. Amid such frequent cases, an intervention is required on how safe women and children are in this country.

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Nimisha is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

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