Chennai: In a fresh development, the police have launched a hunt for six more men in connection with the heinous sexual assault case of a 12-year-old girl for more than seven months at an apartment complex at Ayanavaram here.
The building's security guards, plumber, and lift operator were among those arrested, The Straits Times reported. He is accused of then inviting other men to assault the child in vacant apartments, which they allegedly filmed.
In a move that betrayed despotism, the Madras High Court Advocates Association announced that they will not appear for the rapists.
According to local reports, the accused took the girl to various places in the complex including the basement, terrace, gym and public restrooms to rape her.
All the accused have been remanded to judicial custody till July 31. The girl, who can not be named under laws protecting sexual assault victims and minors, was allegedly given spiked soft drinks and then blackmailed by... Much to the shock and dismay, the assaulters had video-graphed themselves in the act. "They are on the run after the news broke out on Monday", the police said, adding that they have also recovered all the videographic evidence from the accused, which they had purportedly used to silence the victim.
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According to a tweet by ANI, the victim, a class VII girl, with a hearing disorder was assaulted for more than seven months in a largely unoccupied 300-flat complex in the heart of the city.
In India, the stigma associated with being sexually assaulted often deters women and girls - as well as boys and men - from reporting abuse.
All accused were attacked by a group of lawyers at the Mahila Court premises when they were escorted out from the court hall after the proceedings by the police.
A senior officer probing the case said the child was living with her mother while her father, a businessman, and an elder sister, were living in a different city. Three days later, he brought two other men who were under the influence of alcohol and raped her.