Teenage girl gang-raped by eight men for over 14 hours in Maharashtra’s Palghar; women panel demands strict action

Palghar: A teenage girl was allegedly raped by eight men in a village in Maharashtra’s Palghar district, following which the police arrested all the accused, an official said on Sunday. The incident took place on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, in which the accused raped the girl at a secluded bungalow in her village before taking her to the beach, where they again sexually assaulted her, they said. A spokesperson of Palghar district rural police said that a case of gangrape has been registered against the accused at Satpati police station.

“In her complaint lodged on Saturday, the victim said that her agony started at 8 pm on December 16 and continued till 10 am the next day, during which the accused took her to an empty bungalow in Mahim village, where he sexually assaulted her. They took turns raping her. Later, they also took her to the seashore, where they again sexually assaulted her in the bushes.”

Based on her complaint, the police arrested eight accused in the early hours of Sunday and booked them under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including 376(D) (gang-rape), 366(A) ( earnings) are included. of a minor girl), 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), and sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act, he said.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra State Commission for Women has taken suo motu cognizance of the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl by eight men in a village in Palghar district and directed the police to take strict action against the culprits, said panel chairperson Rupali Chakankar. Where is it?

Chakankar said that the commission came to know about the incident through social media and took suo motu cognizance.

He said that the Commission has directed the Superintendent of Police of Palghar district to take strict action against the arrested accused.

Chakankar said that he has spoken to the police chief and got detailed information about the incident.

The guilty will be held accountable and strict action will be taken against them, he said, adding that the commission always strives to ensure that such incidents do not happen.

The commission through ‘Damini Squad’ (women specific cell of police) counsels girls in schools and colleges and tells them about the pros and cons of using social media. He said that while befriending someone on social media, his credentials should be verified.

“We all should try to ensure that such incidents do not happen and it is the responsibility of the parent teachers’ associations and others in the society to educate girls about the dangers of such friendships,” she added. “