At least seven men have been arrested in western India after a 16-year-old girl claimed she was raped hundreds of times by hundreds of men in the last six months.
The girl was married off at age 13 to a 33-year-old man, who also sexually abused her.
She also told police she was sexually assaulted by her father, which made her leave both homes and sleep at the bus stop.
In a statement to India’s Child Welfare Committee (CWC), the girl, who is homeless, said she was raped by 400 people in the Beed district of Maharashtra state, according to CWC chairman, Abhay Vitthalrao Vanave.
In her complaint, the minor also named two policemen, Vanave said.
While the number of alleged rapists might be very hard for prosecutors to ascertain or prove, the girl could identify at least 25 alleged perpetrators, Vanave added.
The girl had attempted to file a police complaint against a man she accused of beating her. In a statement, the force said it had registered cases against eight males including one minor- pertaining to rape and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences law, which has more severe sentences of longer jail time.
They have also registered a case under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act.
Women’s rights activist, Yogita Bhayana, said this was “the most tragic (rape) case in history”.
“This girl was tortured every single day,” she said, adding that police had failed to protect her. “We want strict action against all culprits.”
According to India’s National Crime Records Bureau, more than 28,000 cases of alleged rape against women were reported in 2020 — one roughly every 18 minutes. Experts believe the real number is much higher as many go unreported out of fear.
In September this year, police arrested 33 men for the alleged gang rape of a 15-year-old girl in Maharashtra.
I Applied To Study At Oxford University For Fun, Says DJ Cuppy
By Abimbola Emmanuel
Popular disc jockey, Florence Otedola, better known as DJ Cuppy, has stirred up the social media space with her recent revelation about her education.
Speaking with a journalist about her education at the prestigious Oxford University, the singer revealed that her application to the school was just for fun.
According to her, she thought that learning at Oxford University was going to be online, but it’s not and she has no choice but to live in Oxford.
However, several reactions have trailed the revelation of the singer.
It would be recalled that earlier this year, the singer had announced her admission into the school to study for a master’s degree programme.
Don Jazzy Respond To Gay Allegation Levelled Against Him
Music producer and label boss, Michael Collins Ajereh, better known as Don Jazzy, has responded to a homosexual allegation pointing at him.
A popular Instagram blogger called out the Mavin Record boss and alleged that he is gay while maintaining that homosexuals have a woman as a coverup from the public.
... read: “Hello Tueh Tueh, ladies open your eyes o, this is the popular trend in the industry now, gay are not getting married to opposite sex thereby subjecting their spouse to emotional tørture, alot of your favorites are sitting pretty on this table, even one just welcomed a baby recently in the us, his hostility towards the wife is on another level, according to him, na my papa say make I go marry so i don marry to please am, una favorite instagram influencer dey on this table, your favorite comedian wey dey call himself aunty e.g that one all him client for this [email protected] knacking business na abuja dem dey, ladies be at alert, if you must be a gay or whatever, come out of the closet already, stop punishing our girls (sic).”
“Do your GAY in peace and stop deceiving our girls, come out of the closet, if we start to do roll call yeah Instagram fit catch fire now now, Don Baba J oga oga, i Dey hail oÀÄÅÅÅ i come in peace, igi ewedu oni woluwa ooooo (sic).”
Reacting to this, Don Jazzy reposted ... and wrote: “So I hear I’m gay all the time. Anyways click on the link on my bio. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. Click on the notification bell too oooo. Cos I’m going to be coming out there.”
23 Burnt To Death By Bandits In Sokoto Bus Attack
At least 23 passengers, including children, were burnt to death when their bus was ambushed by gunmen suspected to be bandits in Sokoto State, police have said.
They were travelling from the town of Sabon Birni to the town of Isa near the border with Niger.
Sokoto police command spokesperson, Sanusi Abubakar, told the BBC that several others are being treated in a hospital for severe burns.
Some reports suggest the number of those killed is around 30.
One of those involved in evacuating the casualties described the scene as “horrendous” and that most of the victims were burnt beyond recognition.
The attack happened late on Monday but details are just emerging due to poor communication services in the area.
Some reports say the attackers deliberately set the vehicle on fire burning the occupants alive while another account indicates the fire ignited on the bus as a result of the attackers’ gunfire.
The police say they are investigating the circumstances of the attack.
Muhammad Bello, the spokesman to Aminu Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State, confirmed the development in a statement on Wednesday.
“Contrary to speculations that over 40 people lost their lives in a bandits attack on a 42-seater bus traveling to Kaduna on Monday, facts have emerged that 23 people lost their lives during an attack at Gidan Bawa village in Isa local government area of Sokoto state,” the statement read.
“Security chiefs in Sokoto state, comprising heads of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, the Nigeria Police, Department of State Security and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps as well as the Chairmen of Isa and Sabon Birni local government areas had briefed the state Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, on the incident at the Government House, Sokoto, Wednesday, pledging to work with it on modalities to checkmate future occurrences.”
While commiserating with the families of the victims, the state government added that strategies are being put in place to prevent a reoccurrence.
Travellers are frequently targeted as the region continues to grapple with a wave of violence by armed gangs carrying out kidnappings for ransom as well as killings.
Additional reporting from the BBC and TheCable
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