Father, uncle and brother of 16-year-old Indian girl arrested for raping her repeatedly

Chiara Goia/The New York Times

Police in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, India, say they have arrested the father, uncle and brother of a 16-year-old girl from West Bengal for repeatedly raping her over a period of two years. The girl became pregnant two times, was forced to have an abortion in both cases, and attempted suicide at least four times. While her mother reportedly knew about the abuse, she stayed silent. It was only when the girl herself confided in a schoolteacher that the behavior was reported to police and the three men responsible arrested. The girl is now in custody of her aunt. Reporting of rape cases in India has increased considerably since the fatal gang-rape of a girl on a New Delhi bus in 2012 sparked national protests and global outrage. Nevertheless, a vast majority of cases of violence against women, still go unreported.

Read the full story at The Independent.


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