One arrested, 5 accused including 3 minors identified in Hyderabad gang-rape case
Hyderabad/IBNS: One person has been arrested in connection with the gang-rape case of a 17-year-old girl inside a car on Saturday evening in Hyderabad, said the police.
Out of the five schoolboys identified as accused, three are minors, it added.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers carried out a massive protest outside a police station earlier in the day over the gang-rape.
The accused are all students belonging to Class 11 and 12 and reportedly hail from "politically influential" families.
An MLA's son is believed to be part of the group, but according to the police he may have left before the assault.
"Victim couldn't reveal anything about culprits. She only revealed one name and special teams were immediately formed to arrest them. CCTV footage was recovered. We've identified five culprits as per CCTV footage and as per the statement of the victim," police officer Joel Davis told reporters.
Shortly before the gang-rape inside the car on Saturday evening, she was seen in security footage standing with the suspected attackers outside the pub where she had met them.
The boys had offered to drop her home. Instead, she was assaulted inside a parked car at Jubilee Hills, an upscale neighbourhood in Hyderabad. Her attackers took turns raping her while the others stood guard outside the car.
After the gang-rape, the boys dropped the girl at the pub and left. She then asked her father to pick her up.
When her father asked her about the injuries to her neck, she told him some boys had attacked her.
The police initially registered a case of "outraging modesty" based on the girl's father's complaint. It was changed to a rape case later.