Lawyers thrash 17 men charged of raping minor; refuse to take up case

Chennai: In what can be said as reflection of spiralling anger against the rising trend of rapes and sexual harassment against girls and women in the country, a group of lawyers today vent out their anger on 17 men, arrested on charges of allegedly raping a 11-year-old minor girl over several weeks at an apartment complex in the city.

The accused were thrashed black and blue while they were bring brought to the court for appearance before the magistrate on a hearing in the case and a video footage of the attack has gone viral in social media.

Chennai High Court Advocate Association President Mohana Krishnan has also announced that no lawyer will take the case of the 17  accused.

On Monday, Chennai police had arrested the 17 accused including a 66-year-old lift operator, security guards, housekeepers working at a city apartment complex on charges of raping a 11-year-old girl living in the same apartment with her family over a period of seven months.

Sources said the girl was repeatedly assaulted by multiple men who used to blackmail her after shooting videos of the moments. The accused used to take the survivor to other vacant flats and deserted areas in the 300-flat huge complex where they raped her after sedating with drug substances, a complaint lodged by the family members of the survivor girl stated.

The matter came to light after the elder sister of the girl noticed abnormality in her and informed it to their parents.

After a complaint was lodged by her parents, the case was shifted to the city’s Mahila Police Station and the victim was taken for a medical examination.

A team of senior government doctors who examined her confirmed that she was subjected to sexual assault following which the police launched an investigation and arrested the accused.