In yet another case of atrocity against children, a 14-year-old girl was raped by seven men at Bhander, 40 kms from Datia district headquarters in Gwalior division on October 1. The matter came to light after the accused started circulating the MMS of the incident following which the girl along with her mother reached the police station on Saturday evening to lodge a complaint. No arrests were made by Datia police till Sunday evening.
Confirming the incident, SP Datia Chandrashekhar Solanki said the girl was raped a week ago. "The matter is grave and we have launched a massive hunt to nab the accused," he said.
The police said Meena (name changed), who studies in Class 6 and belongs to a poor family, was going to a grocery shop in Bhander market on October 1 in the evening when two youngsters abducted her and took her to a room. When she resisted, she was beaten. Later, seven youngsters came in the room and raped her one by one. Some of the youngsters belong to affluent families of the same area.
In her complaint, the girl has named Akhilesh Tripathi, Neetu Sengar, Sumit Gangotia, Suresh Yadav, Lucky Yadav, Kaushal Kishore Goswami and Ashu Pathan as the accused.
The police said one of the accused made an MMS of the girl and threatened her not to tell anyone about the incident or the MMS will be circulated. Sources from the area said that the shocked girl kept mum for four days but after that she narrated the incident to her father.
Apprehending trouble, her father also kept mum. The youngsters, however, started circulating the MMS on Saturday. The MMS became an embarrassment for the family and soon people also got agitated over the matter. They convinced the parents to lodge a complaint, following which the girl along with her mother, reached the police station to lodge a complaint.
"We have contacted the cyber cell and other experts so that the circulation of the MMS could be checked. Police protection has been given to the victim and her family after the incident as some of the accused are from affluent families," said the SDOP Bhander, MS Parihar. A medical team along with doctors was sent to the the victim's residence. Meanwhile, teams have been formed to nab the accused but no one has been arrested yet.