A 13-year-old girl was gang raped for eight days after she was kidnapped by three men who dragged her into a car in broad daylight.
The girl was snatched on January 15 from Delhi and was held for more than a week before being rescued by her family.
Now she has bravely told reporters about the ordeal from hospital, after she went to Aucha police station with her parents on Thursday.
She said: "I was forcefully dragged by three men into a vehicle when I went out early morning.
"They took turns to sexually assault me for eight days.
“They threatened with dire consequences if I informed anyone."
Now, according to Times of India, the girl’s family have claimed that police have reduced the charges against the three men – Aakash from Etah district and Hariom and Guddu from Mainpuri – to just abduction.
An uncle of the girl reportedly said in a complaint: "We did not inform police about the missing girl earlier due to social stigma attached to it and started searching for her on our own.
"After rescuing her from Delhi and learning that she was assaulted sexually by three men for eight days, we decided to file the police complaint."
Inspector Rishi Kumar from Auncha police station has admitted that no sexual assault allegations have been added to the crime report.
Earlier this month a woman was gang raped by a priest and his aides at an Indian temple before she bled to death, it is alleged.
The victim, a frontline worker, was sexually assaulted before they brought the body to her mum's home in Uttar Pradesh on January 3, according to local media reports.
India's rape crisis saw one woman being sexually attacked every 15 minutes on average in 2018, government data shows.
In 2019, a woman, 23, was set on fire by a gang of men in Uttar Pradesh as she travelled to court to press rape charges.
The National Family Health Survey, conducted in 2015-16, revealed that 33 per cent of married women aged from 15-49 age experienced physical, sexual, or emotional spousal violence.
But, of these victims, only 14 per cent sought help and 77 per cent never spoke about it.
Nearly 34,000 rapes are reported in the country annually despite tough laws introduced in recent years.
Rape and sexual violence has been under the spotlight in India since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi, which prompted thousands demanding stricter laws.
Outrage over her death led to legislators passing tough new laws against sexual violence, including the death penalty for rape in some cases.
Prison sentences for rapists were doubled to 20 years as well as well as criminalising voyeurism, stalking and trafficking of women.
Indian MPs also voted to lower the age at which a person can be tried as an adult for heinous crimes to 16 from 18.
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