Teen girl is dragged off a train and gang-raped by four men from her village in India who threatened to kill her brother if she complained
- The girl said she boarded a train on Thursday evening to go and visit her aunt
- She said two of the suspects boarded the same train and began teasing her
- When she protested, they dragged her off and took her to an isolated place
- They were joined by two others and the four gang raped her before leaving her
A 16-year-old girl was dragged off a train in India and gang raped by four young men who threatened to kill her brother if she complained.
The teenage girl said she was raped in an isolated pace near a hotel in Hasan Bazaar in Bhojpur District in the eastern Indian state of Bihar on Thursday night, the Times of India reports.
She said she kept quiet because three of the accused rapists were from her village and had threatened to kill her only brother if she reported the rape. But on Saturday, she lodged a complaint.
A 16-year-old girl was dragged off a train at Garhani railway station (above) in India and gang raped by four young men
The girl said she had left her home at around 7pm on Thursday and boarded a train at Hasan Bazaar station about an hour later to go visit her aunt in Ara.
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Two of the suspects boarded the same train as her and began to tease her, she said.
When she protested, they dragged her off the train at Garhani railway station.
She claimed they took her on a bike to an isolated spot near a hotel in Hasan Bazaar, where they were joined by two others.
The four proceeded to rape the girl and left her near a school after threatening to kill her sibling if she spoke to police.
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Police in Bhojpur District told local media that the culprits would be arrested soon.
The latest incident comes as India launched its first national register of sex offenders in a bid to stem crimes against women as the country reels from a series of high-profile rape cases.
The database will be accessible only to law enforcement agencies and not to the public, with 440,000 names registered, including those convicted of rape, gang rape, child sex crimes and sexual harassment, according to a home ministry statement.
The urgency to establish a sex offenders register gained momentum following nationwide outcry over the rape and murder of a Muslim girl in a Hindu-dominated area of Jammu and Kashmir state earlier this year. The accused, all Hindus, are currently on trial.
The case prompted the government to approve the death penalty for the rape of girls under 12, and also increase the prison term for the rape of older girls and women.
Despite various measures, India’s rape epidemic has shown no sign of dying down. More than 100 cases were reported daily in India in 2016, the latest government data shows.
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