In a shocker for the national capital, two teenage girls, aged 17 and 18 were allegedly gangraped by five youths on Wednesday evening. They were out on a walk with their boyfriends at a park in outer Delhi’s Aman Vihar area when the attackers thrashed the victims’ boyfriends before tying them up to a tree in the park.
After dragging the girls to some nearby bushes, they took turns to rape them. Police arrested four of the suspects based on the description provided by the girls and their boyfriends on Thursday.
Police said some of the nabbed youths have claimed to be minors and their age has to be verified. One of them is pursuing BA through correspondence whereas the other four are school drop-outs.
The girls belong to the Kirari area and are factory workers. “One of the couples was cosying up when the accused youths approached the two couples and demanded that the girls should oblige them sexually,” said a senior police officer.
They were in the area to spend some time with their boyfriends when the youths allegedly began assaulting the girls’ boyfriends with sticks, pretending to be security guards. A case was subsequently registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) at Aman Vihar police station.
Subsequent raids led to four of the suspects being captured. The accused have allegedly confessed to the crime and have revealed the name of their fifth accomplice who is still absconding.
Reacting to the incident, Congress leader from the area, Pratyush Kant, called for increased police presence. “Few policemen are visible in this part of the Capital. There is an urgent need to review the policing here and install CCTV cameras,” said Kant.