Mumbai: 9 men blackmailed and raped minor girl over a year in Vile Parle

Mumbai: A minor girl was allegedly raped by nine people, who used to blackmail her using her photos and videos, on separate occasions over a year in suburban Vile Parle and six of them have been arrested, police said on Sunday. While the 15-year-old victim resides in the Subash road area, the nine accused, aged 20-30 years, live in localities nearby, a senior police official said.

“A year ago, one of the accused raped the victim and took some pictures and videos of the girl,” the officer said. The others blackmailed her using the photos and videos and raped her on separate occasions over a year, the police official added. The matter came to light on Saturday after the victim narrated the ordeal to her mother, following which a complaint was registered at the Vile Parle police station, reports PTI.

A case under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was registered, he said. “We acted swiftly and apprehended six of the accused last night, while efforts are on to nab the remaining three,” the officer said. He said the videos of the victim made by one of the accused were yet to be recovered.

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