A 13-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by four men in Uttar Pradesh, India, only to be allegedly raped again by a police officer to whom she reported the attack.
According to the teen’s father, the men had allegedly taken his daughter to the neighboring state of Madhya Pradesh on April 22 and raped her over four days, NDTV reported.
The men then returned the girl to her village in Lalitpur district on April 26 and fled.
When she went to report the incident at the police station with her aunt, the officer in charge allegedly took the teen into the room and raped her in the presence of her aunt, according to the police report filed by the girl’s father, NDTV reported.
Authorities said on Wednesday May 4 that the police officer associated with the incident had been arrested, and that all cops at the station have been removed from duty.
The officer has said that he is innocent and called for an independent probe.
Authorities have launched an investigation and are expected to file a report within 24 hours, according to local news.
Authorities said the four men in the initial attack have also been arrested for allegedly kidnapping and raping the minor, who is from India’s low caste, marginalized Dalit community.
The incident caused outrage in India; many people are condemning the police for perpetuating a systemic culture of sexual violence.
More than 28,000 cases of sexual assault against minors were reported in 2020 in India, CNN reported.
India is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman.
According to government data from 2020, a woman is raped every 15 minutes in the country, Al Jazeera reported.