Itanagar: Tripura Police on Saturday apprehended four people, including two minors, for allegedly gang-raping a 15-year-old girl in the state.
As per police, the accused allegedly abducted the girl when she was returning from tuition around 7.30 pm on Friday and gang-raped her.
The matter came to light after the girl contacted one of her known neighbours who took her to the hospital and later she lodged a police complaint against the accused at Kadamtala police station.
Following the complaint, the Tripura Police nabbed all the accused.
"We arrested two of the accused youths late last night and another two on Saturday. Two of the accused persons are minors. Currently, the rape survivor is undergoing treatment in the hospital," PTI quoted Dharmanagar sub divisional police officer (SDPO), Soumya Debbarma as saying.
Meanwhile, a five-member special team has been constituted to conduct the investigation.
As per Debbarma, the accused have been booked under sections 366 (A) (procuration of minor girl), 376(D) (gang rape) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 6 (punishment for aggravated penetrative sexual assault) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act, 2012.
The Protection Of Children From Sexual Offenses Act was enacted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in the year 2012 under the name of POCSO Act-2012.
This law deals with sexual offenses and molestation of minors such as sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, and pornography. Different punishments are prescribed for different offenses under this law.
The Act applies to the whole of India, all offenses under the POCSO Act are tried by a special court in camera in the presence of the child's parents or persons whom the child trusts.Now, after the change in the law, there is a provision of the death penalty for raping any girl child up to 12 years of age. Talking about the earlier provisions of POCSO, the maximum punishment for the convicts was life imprisonment and the minimum punishment was 7 years imprisonment.
The scope of this law includes any kind of sexual behavior with children under the age of 18.