Traumatised by the assault, the teen ran half a kilometre naked until convinced of her safety. (Representational Photo)
A teenage girl in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan ran half a kilometre naked as she tried to escape from the custody of three men, who had abducted and raped her. The incident had taken place on Monday evening and all the three accused have been arrested by the police.
According to reports, the girl, her cousin and a friend were on their way to a temple when three men chased them. While her cousin and the other friend managed to escape, she was abducted by the accused, who then took her to a deserted location and allegedly gang raped her.
Her cousin, who escaped the attackers, told people about the incident and asked a local shopkeeper for the help. The shopkeeper then went to the spot where he saw the accused thrashing the girl in the naked state. After seeing the shopkeeper, the accused fled the scene.
However, the traumatised teen ran half a kilometre naked until convinced by the shopkeeper that he was not one of the accused and came there to protect her. Giving details about the incident, a senior police official said that the girl and her two friends were on their way to a temple when three men, who were drinking by the road, followed them.
"While her friends escaped, the teenage girl was abducted and taken to an isolated place and raped," a news website called NDTV quoted Bhilwara police officer Harendra Mahwar as saying.
The police have filed a case under POCSO Act and atrocities against Scheduled Castes. The statements of the shopkeeper and her two friends have been recorded by the police. The investigators have also collected crucial evidence, including collected broken bangles, liquor bottles and blood stains from the crime spot.