2 MI­NOR GIRLS GANG- RAPED IN KER­ALA, 11 HELD

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THIRU­VANAN­THA­PU­RAM: The Ker­ala po­lice on Satur­day ar­rested 11 peo­ple in con­nec­tion with the gang rape of two mi­nors in Pathanamthitta dis­trict of Ker­ala.

The girls, study­ing in class 9 and 10, went miss­ing dur­ing an arts fes­ti­val in their school on De­cem­ber 4 and 5. Al­though the school and par­ents filed a miss­ing com­plaint, the girls re­tur ned t he next day and con­cocted a story. The par­ents be­lieved their version of events but some of their class­mates alerted the school af­ter they no­ticed be­hav­ioral changes in them.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, both girls were taken to a va­cant house by one of their ac­quain­tances and raped. Later his friends also joined them. Their or­deal con­tin­ued for two days. “In a two-day or­deal, 11 per­sons ha­rassed the girls. All of them are in cus­tody now,” said a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer of Adoor.

State home min­is­ter Ramesh Chen­nithala said the gov­ern­ment would take strong ac­tion to pre­vent such in­ci­dents. “It is a shock­ing in­ci­dent. It all started with a miss­ing call and ended in a most un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent,” he said, adding some of the ac­cused were stu­dents of the same school.

Ini­tially, girls were re­luc­tant to open up, but the school au­thor­i­ties and par­ents sought the help of childline of­fi­cials.

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