Dozens of men arrested in India are accused of gang raping a 15-year-old girl repeatedly

Police in India arrested 26 men on Thursday in connection with the alleged gang rape of a 15-year-old girl, which occurred repeatedly over a period of almost eight months.

The victim was first raped on January 29 올해, said Dinkar Munke, a junior officer with the Mandape police in the city of Dombivli, which neighbors Mumbai in Maharashtra state.
The rape was filmed, with the video then used to blackmail her repeatedly for the next eight months, said Munke. She was allegedly raped by 33 perpetrators in total, including two teenagers, with the abuse lasting until this week.
    When her familywhich had so far had no idea what was happeningfound out, they brought the victim to the police station on Wednesday and filed a complaint, Munke told CNN on Friday.
      그만큼 26 men were arrested under the country’s penal code, and separately under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) 법, which has more severe sentences of longer jail time.
        Dombivli police are still looking for the remaining seven men who have also been accused.
        The incident is the latest in a slew of rape cases and controversies that have horrified the nation and highlighted once again its persistent problem with sexual assault.
          Just two weeks ago, a woman allegedly raped in Mumbai died of her injuries, after she was found lying unconscious inside an open minibus. Activists say the case bears a striking similarity to the brutal 2012 gang-rape and murder of a student that prompted mass nationwide protests.
          And last month, a 9-year-old girl was gang-raped and murdered in the capital of Delhi. Four men, 힌두교 신부를 비롯한, have been charged with involvement in her death.
          Since the 2012 시위, when millions of women called for stronger laws and protections for women, the government has introduced new legislation and tougher penalties. 그러나, 활동가들은 말한다, the problem persists, fueled by difficulties in reporting, poor enforcement by authorities, deeply rooted gender inequality and caste discrimination.
          Reported rapes have increased over the years, potentially because of a greater awareness surrounding the issue. 이상 32,000 were recorded in 2019, ~에서 25,000 에 2012. But many rapes go unreported, meaning the real number may be much higher.
            The recent string of rapes in Mumbai has prompted police to announce new measures. Police will install women’s safety cells in every police station in the city, and deploy patrolling vehicles in hotspots for crimes against women, police announced on September 14.
            Other measures will include creating a sexual offenderslist dating back five years, and requiring officers to undergo training in dealing with sexual assault victims, complete with an exam before they join the force.

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