A Class 9 student has alleged that she was drugged and gang-raped by five minors over four months ago. The victim also alleged that more girls had fallen into the trap of this group, comprising school students, that operated a racket wherein they lured girls, drugged and then raped them.
The victim lodged an FIR in this regard with the Nauchandi police on Monday. On Tuesday, she told a magistrate that the accused persons called her to a food joint and gave her a pastry laced with drugs. They took her to a guest house on the outskirts of the town and committed the crime.
Three of the five accused have been arrested while search is on for the remaining two. “Police teams have been constituted to arrest the remaining two accused. We are also investigating if these boys were involved in any racket,” said Ashutosh Kumar, DIG Meerut range.
SP (city) Omprakash Singh said all the boys involved in the case were minors.
The victim also told the police that the accused used to lure girls from other schools of the city by pestering them to join their social circle. Some of the girls interacted with these boys through social media.
Chetna Sharma, a member of Durga Vahini, claimed that the victim’s ordeal began in April this year when she came in touch with one of the accused through her classmates. After meeting him on a few occasions in July, the victim snapped all ties with him.
Her classmates then introduced her to another boy and the duo decided to bunk school and meet at a food joint in Ganganagar. When she reached the eating joint, four other boys were also present at the spot. They offered her a pastry after which she allegedly became unconscious.
When the school informed her parents about bunking, she told them that she had fallen sick. Describing it as a serious issue BJP MP Rajendra Aggarwal called on the parents of the victim girl on Tuesday night and assured to raise the issue in the winter session of Parliament. “We will not tolerate such heinous crimes against our children,” said the MP who also asked the police not to give into political pressure as the accused have connections with political leaders.