Chennai: Eighteen men have been arrested for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl for over a period of seven months in Chennai.
Among the accused are security men, a lift operator and water suppliers to the flat where the girl stays.
The minor girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by around 15 people over a period of time at various places inside her apartment campus in Chennai, police said on Monday.
The Mahila court in Chennai on Tuesday witnessed a dramatic attack as the lawyers present in the court ganged up to thrash the 18 accused men who were arrested in the case.
In a video, posted by news agency ANI, the enraged lawyers can be seen beating up the accused mercilessly. The police had to intervene to stop the lawyers from thrashing the accused.
The girl's plight came to the fore when she narrated the sequence of incidents to her elder sister, who later brought this to the notice of their parents, following which a complaint was lodged on Monday, a senior police officer told PTI.
18 men held for allegedly sexually harassing an 11-year-old girl for over a period of 7 months in Chennai. The accused involve security men, lift operator and water suppliers in the apartment where the minor girl stays. (Photo: ANI | Twitter)
“A complaint was registered by the mother alleging that the girl was sexually assaulted by around 15 people at various days in various places inside the apartment campus,” the official said adding that the investigation has begun.
No arrests have been made yet, he added. “We are interrogating people. The girl will be taken to a hospital tomorrow for health check-ups,” the official said.