When contacted by CNN Monday, Beed police did not comment on the girl’s allegations against them.
月曜日の声明で, the force said it had registered cases against eight males — including one minor — pertaining to rape and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences law, which has more severe sentences of longer jail time. They have also registered a case under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act.
The girl told police she was married off at age 13 to a 33-year-old man who sexually abused her, according to the police statement.
She also told police she was sexually assaulted by her father, ultimately prompting her to leave both homes and sleep at the bus stop.
Women’s rights activist Yogita Bhayana said this was “the most tragic (レイプ) case in history.”
“This girl was tortured every single day,” 彼女は言いました, adding that police had failed to protect her. “We want strict action against all culprits.”
India’s rape crisis
According to India’s National Crime Records Bureau, より多い 28,000 cases of alleged rape against women were reported in 2020 — one roughly every 18 分. Experts believe the real number is much higher as many go unreported out of fear.
The number of reported rapes rose in the years following the 残忍な 2012 gang rape and murder of a student in India’s capital
, ニューデリー, potentially because of greater awareness surrounding the issue since
. Experts say the outrage has helped to lift the shame around discussing rape
Legal reforms and more severe penalties for rape were introduced in the aftermath, which include fast-tracking courts to hear rape cases more swiftly, and an amended definition of rape to include anal and oral penetration.
しかしながら, high-profile rape cases continue to make headlines
. In September this year
, police arrested 33 男性 for the alleged gang rape of a 15-year-old girl in Maharashtra
In a separate case that month
, a woman died after she was allegedly raped and assaulted with an iron rod in Mumbai
. And in August this year
, A 9-year-old girl was gang-raped and murdered in Delhi
This story has been updated to accurately reflect the charges filed.