DAMAK, Jan 4: Even as protests over recent cases of violence against women have been intensifying, another incident of gang rape has come to light.
A girl from Tehrathum district, who is currently living in Damak, was gang-raped by four boys -- three of them teenagers -- in a local tea garden on Wednesday.
The police arrested Sachin Bhattarai, 17, Sandip Darji, 18, and Ashish Darnal, 19, all of them from Damak Municipality-9, for allegedly raping the girl. They were made public at a press conference on Thursday. Another accused is yet to be nabbed.
According to police inspector Hari Khatiwada, the girl was with a friend, Birbal Khadka, 22, of Dhankuta, near Himalayan Tea Garden in Damak-9 on Wednesday evening. The four boys arrived there and forcibly took the girl into the garden by severely thrashing Khadka.
After Khadka informed the police about the incident, a joint team of police from Jhapa District Police Office and Jhiljhile Area Police Office started searching for the girl.
“We were able to trace the girl in the wee hours on Thursday. When the police reached there, the girl was already home,” said SP Sher Bahadur Basnet, chief of Jhapa District Police Office. “At first, the girl refused to talk about the incident. Later, she said she was raped.”
The girl was able to remember the pet name of one of the three teenage boys. On the basis of that name, the police succeeded in arresting all of them by Thursday morning.