The alleged gang rape of five young people, several of them minors, of a 17-year-old girl in India has sparked great outrage in the country after it was learned that some of those involved could be children of well-known regional political leaders.

Until today, the Police have arrested three of the alleged aggressors, two of them minors, accused of raping the young woman in a car after a party in an exclusive area of ​​the city of Hyderabad, capital of the central state of Telangana.

“So far, one defendant and two minors are in custody, and efforts are being made to arrest the remaining defendants who have fled,” local police inspector general Joel David detailed in statements collected by the local newspaper Indian Express.

The events took place last week, when the young woman was returning home after attending a party in a pub in one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Hyderabad.

Apparently, the young people insisted on accompanying her to her house, at which time they took advantage of the occasion to, in a secluded place, gang-raped her in the car in which they were traveling, according to the Indian newspaper, which cites police sources local.

The images of several security cameras broadcast on local television show the young woman leaving the pub with the young people and getting into the vehicle between five and six in the afternoon last Saturday.

The alleged rape of this young woman has aroused great social outrage after it was learned that some of those allegedly involved in the crime would come from “politically influential” families in the state of Telangana.

“This is an appalling incident. Strong action will be taken against all offenders, regardless of their background,” Telangana Prison Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali said on Twitter.

According to the latest data from the National Crime Records Agency of India (NCRB), a total of 28,046 rapes were reported in the Asian country in 2020, an average of 77 per day. In addition, the Police identified 1,891 female victims of trafficking.

India saw an unprecedented series of protests against violence against women in late 2012, following the gang rape of a college girl on a bus in New Delhi and her subsequent death from serious injuries.

That case marked a before and after in the country and since then the laws against sexual assault have been tightening, also accelerating the death penalty against some aggressors, although many criticize that the measures have not been enough.

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