‘Tortured’ girl, 16, pregnant after being ‘raped by 400 men’ and forced sex work

A girl who says she was raped by 400 men is pregnant after being "tortured every day".

The sickening treatment of a homeless 16-year-old from Beed, Maharashtra, in western India has shocked the country and led to the arrest of seven men.

At the age of 13, the girl says she was married off to a 33-year-old abuser and was further "beaten and ill-treated" by his parents.

With her mum dead, the teenager hoped to find refuge from her dad, but he too allegedly assaulted her.

This left her helplessly begging in Ambajogai in the Beed district, before being preyed on by three men at a bus stop, according to India's Child Welfare Committee (CWC).

The girl believes she would be able to identify at least 25 of her 400 alleged sexual predators, The Sun reports.

Disgracefully, the now pregnant youngster claims to have been sexually assaulted by a pair of police officers, who she tried to report her case to.

Women’s rights activist Yogita Bhayana has called it: "The most tragic (rape) case in history.

"This girl was tortured every single day. We want strict action against all culprits."

An investigation has been launched under The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, and rape and molestation sections of the Indian Penal Code, according to local media.

Superintendent of Police in Beed Raja Ramasamy confirmed that three men have been arrested in connection to the harrowing case.

A statement issued by the police said eight men are being treated as suspects and they are understood to include her dad, husband, and a pimp.

Traumatised and two months pregnant, the girl told the Child Welfare Committee: "I have been abused by many people.

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"I went to Ambajogai police station several times to file a complaint, but the police took no action against the culprits. Instead, I was harassed by a policeman."

Despite revamped rape laws brought in almost a decade ago, India's sexual violence towards women continues to rise as a result of political and police corruption.

The horrifying death of 23-year-old student, Jyoti Singh in Delhi after being gang-raped in 2012, sparked mass protests demanding stricter laws and tougher sanctions on sexual assault.

As a result, the death penalty has been judged suitable for some rape cases.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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