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India rape: 17 men accused of multiple attacks on 11-year-old girl in Chennai

July 18, 2018 4:24 pm

Seventeen men have been charged in India with the gang-rape of an 11-year-old girl in the city of Chennai.

Police say the girl was raped repeatedly since the start of the year. They say the main perpetrator was a lift operator in her apartment block.

He is alleged to have drugged the girl and invited other men to assault her. Police say more arrests are likely.

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On Tuesday a court in Chennai charged the 17 men – who include security guards, electricians and plumbers – with rape of a minor and ordered them held in custody until 31 July.

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