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Rajasthan teen ‘gangraped’ by 8 men for months, ‘filmed & blackmailed for cash’. FIR lodged

Family claims 16-yr-old was blackmailed into paying accused up to Rs 50,000 & a video of her was released after she couldn’t come up with more cash. Police yet to make arrests.

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New Delhi: A 16-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped multiple times, filmed and blackmailed for months by eight men in the city of Bhiwadi in Rajasthan. The matter came to light Wednesday after her family approached the police and an FIR was registered under the Indian Penal Code section for gangrape, 376D and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

The Superintendent of Police, Bhiwadi, Shantanu Kumar Singh told ThePrint that the FIR was registered on the basis of the family’s complaint. “The medical [examination] has been done and the report is awaited. She is yet to record her 164 CrPC [Code of Criminal Procedure] statement in front of the magistrate. Investigation is on,” he said.

No one has been arrested so far in the case, said Singh. “We are verifying all details,” he added.

According to police, the girl’s family has alleged in the FIR that the girl was first gangraped by the eight men in December 2021. “According to the complaint, one of the accused called the minor in December last year and told her that he had some photos of hers and if she doesn’t turn up then he will leak them. When she reached the spot, eight men allegedly sexually assaulted her and made videos of the act,” Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Atul Agra, Kishangarh Bas circle, told ThePrint.

Over the months, the girl was blackmailed by the accused into giving them money.

“She paid up to Rs 50,000 in cash because they blackmailed her by saying they will release her videos. When she failed to do so [at one point], they forwarded an objectionable video of hers to another person on WhatsApp,” said SP Singh.

DSP Agra said the girl was allegedly sexually abused twice since December. According to him, the girl “knew two of the men well”. The other men are also from nearby localities. The offence had taken place in the village,” the DSP added.

According to sources, the men had allegedly demanded a total of Rs 2.5 lakh from the girl and leaked the video after she failed to pay them off. They added that the girl hadn’t informed her family about the sexual assault and the video and that the matter only came to light only after a family member found that the video was being circulated.

(Edited by Zinnia Ray Chaudhuri)

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