UP: Dalit schoolgirl gang-raped by six men, 3 arrested

Three men have been arrested in connection with the gangrape of a 18-year-old Dalit girl in Bareilly district in Uttar Pradesh.

Senior Superintendent of Police Rohit Singh Sajwan said two of the accused were arrested on Sunday, while one was held on Monday.

The four other suspects are still on the run.

The class XII student who went for a ride on her scooty with two school friends, was dragged from her two-wheeler, assaulted and gang-raped by six men in Bhagwanpur Dhimri village on May 31.

The traumatised girl informed her parents on June 5 after being counselled by her sister. They later approached the police.

According to The Wire, the elder brother of girl said that the accused had threatened her with death if she complained to the police.

“We have arrested Vishal Patel (22) and Anuj Patel (23). Vishal was leading the gang… The name of another person, identified as one Vikas, has also come up. Vikas was at the crime scene. He took photographs of the girl and may have called others to rape her. The remaining four will be nabbed soon,” TOI quoted Sajwan as saying.

FIR has been filed under Section 376D (gang-rape) and the The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

All the accused are between 20 and 25 years. They also took away all the money from the girl.

Police officials also told reporters that the girl is entitled for compensation under the SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) Act, as per the guidelines.