Raigarh: A 17-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped by five persons, including two minor boys, at a village in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh, following which all the accused have been held, police said Tuesday.
After the incident that took place last week, the victim had tried to end her life by consuming pesticide. Currently, she is in a critical state and undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Raigarh, according to police.
Three of the accused — Mohan Sahu (50), Mahesh Sahu (25), and Gulshan Chandra (21) — have been booked under IPC Section 376 (g) (gangrape) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
“The incident had taken place on 23 May at Uchh Bhatti village, located around 65 km away from the district headquarter, when the victim was at home along with her elder sister,” City Superintendent of Police (CSP) Satyendra Pandey said.
However, the crime came to light on Monday when the minor girl was admitted to Raigarh district hospital in a serious condition, he said.
“The victim’s parents are labourers and had gone to a different state for work. On the night of 23 May, the accused Mohan Sahu stormed into the victim’s house along with his four friends and locked her elder sister in a room and then took turns to rape the girl,” he said.
The accused fled from the spot after committing the crime, he said.
“Following the incident, the girl tried to commit suicide by consuming pesticide on the same night, but was admitted to Sarangarh hospital by her neighbours, who rushed to her house after hearing her screams,” Pandey said.
When the girl’s condition deteriorated and she developed infection in her kidneys, she was shifted to a private hospital, where the doctors informed the police about the case, the CSP said, adding, her statement was recorded.
“Based on her statement, a case been lodged with Kosir Police Station against the accused,” he said.
The girl is undergoing treatment at ICU and her condition is said to be critical, the CSP said.