A 14-year-old tribal girl was allegedly raped by four unidentified persons in Chhattisgarh’s Kabirdham district, police said on Monday. The incident took place on Sunday night under the City Kotwali police station area of Kawardha town, the district headquarters, when the victim had gone out with a male friend, Kabirdham Superintendent of Police Shalabh Sinha said.

Some suspects have been taken into custody for questioning, but no arrest has been made so far, he said. Three men in India’s Chhattisgarh allegedly kidnapped and raped a 14-year-old girl, police said, adding that one of the suspects was an acquaintance. According to sources, on November 17, a man picked the victim up for a joyride at 2:00 am, and soon it turned into a nightmare as she was allegedly subjected to gang-rape in the car.

“The complainant along with her parents reached the police station on Sunday night. The police immediately registered a case and launched a hunt [for] the accused. According to the girl, the main accused, who was known to the victim’s family, picked her from her house in the wee hours on November 17 and then raped her along with his friends,” Superintendent of Police (SP) Ajay Yadav said.

The suspects, according to a source, had dropped the 14-year-old in front of her home and had driven away.
“The accused also threatened the victim not to tell anything about the incident to anyone. On Sunday, the victim narrated the incident to her aunt and then the matter reached the police,” said Yadav.

Police said that while the three suspects were on the run, a case had been registered against them and that they would be arrested soon.
Further investigation is on, he added.

Condemning the incident, the opposition BJP accused the Congress government to failing to maintain law and order in the state.

Incidents of rapes, murder and loot are on the rise in the state and the Congress government has failed to check them, said Santosh Pandey, the BJP MP from Rajnandgaon.

The rape of the tribal girl in Kawardha is very unfortunate and the accused are still at large, Mr Pandey said and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.