Three minor boys, including an engineering diploma student were arrested on the charge of raping a minor girl (12).
Shockingly, the boys had uploaded a video of the heinous act on social media platforms after they failed to extort money from the victim.
The incident occurred in Odisha’s Jajpur district, police said. The accused including the victim live in the same village under Jenapur police station area of the district, HT reported.
Though the incident took place a few days ago, the girl did not inform the matter to her parents till a video of the incident went viral on social media platforms. A relative of the victim saw the video and informed her father about it. When the father questioned his daughter, she narrated her ordeal.
“Following the complaint of the victim’s father, a case was registered under various sections of the IPC, POCSO Act and IT Act against the three boys,” said a police official.
According to police, all accused, fall in the age group of 14-17. Police further added that after sexually assaulting the girl, the accused started blackmailing the minor girl using the video clip. The accused even threatened to make it public if she did not pay them Rs 20,000. But when the victim refused, they posted the video on social media platforms which went viral. All the accused were produced before the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Board, police said.