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A 12-year-old girl has fallen pregnant after allegedly being raped by her three cousins over a period of five months.
The victim – the daughter of a farm labourer – was admitted to a hospital in India’s western Navsari district earlier this month and found to be four months pregnant.
She was allegedly raped by one of her cousins while home alone.
He is alleged to have said two of his other cousins also assaulted the victim and threatened her not to tell her mum, The Indian Express reports.
All three of the alleged attackers are under 18.
The girl afterwards developed a stomach ache and was taken to hospital by her mum.
Doctors discovered she was pregnant and transferred her for further treatment on October 7.
Police said in a statement: “We have registered an offence of rape against the three boys.
“They are absconding and will be arrested soon.”
Repeated demonstration have taken place in India in protests at sexual violence against women.
One woman reported a rape every 15 minutes on average in the country in 2018, according to the latest government data released in January.
Last month, a 13-year-old girl was set on fire by her boss after he tried to rape her, according to police.
The 26-year-old – married with a pregnant wife – allegedly carried out the attack in Khammam town in the southern Indian state of Telangana on September 18.
The victim was hired as a caretaker to look after a bed-ridden man in the house,
She was rushed to hospital with burns covering 70% of her body after the assault, and her condition is thought to be stable.
The victim is a Dalit, from the lowest Indian caste formerly known as the untouchables.
There are approximately 166.6 million Dalits in India, who continue to face widespread oppression and atrocities.
On September 29,
one died from her injuries after allegedly being gang raped and torturedin the district of Hathras in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Four men allegedly took the 19-year-old by the scarf before raping and trying to strangle her on September 14.
The victim’s spinal cord was damaged and her tongue, which apparently got caught between her teeth, was split.
Police arrested four men in connection with the
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