Monks arrested for rape

2013-04-14 14:29

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New Delhi - Three Bhutanese monks and their driver allegedly gang-raped a 14-year-old girl in India's north-eastern district of Darjeeling, news reports said on Sunday.

The victim was forced into a car and taken to a desolate place in the town of Kalimpong, where she was allegedly sexually assaulted, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported.

Although the crime took place on Wednesday, the monks and their driver were only arrested on Saturday, after the police recorded the girl's complaint, the website of Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar reported.

The victim was admitted to a hospital where a medical examination confirmed rape, Darjeeling police chief Kunal Agarwal said.

The monks were staying at a Buddhist monastery in Kalimpong, after they had travelled from neighbouring Bhutan a month ago.

Violence against women has been the focus of media attention in India after the fatal gang rape of a student on a bus in New Delhi in December triggered mass outrage. The number of reported rapes has increased since then, with assaults on foreign tourists also taking place.

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