A 15-year-old girl has been hospitalized in India, after she was gang raped on several occasions by up to 33 men.
The incident is the latest horrifying sex attack case in the country.
A senior police official confirmed to Times of India, that the attacks took place at various locations in the Thane district of Maharashtra State over the last eight months.
On Thursday, Dattatray Karale, additional commissioner of police in east region, said 24 people, including two minors, have been arrested and detained in connection with the case so far.
The girl is said to be in a stable condition but undergoing treatment at a government hospital.
It was also reported that angry crowd had gathered outside the police station where the men are being held, to protest against the attack.
Police in the city of Dombivli registered a case on Wednesday night against 33 people accused of crimes including rape, repeated rape, gang-rape and rape of a minor, Karale added.
According to him, the alleged offences occurred between January 29 and September 22 of this year.
“It all started when the lover of the girl raped her in January and made a video of the incident. He started blackmailing her on the basis of that video.
“Later on, his friends and acquaintances gang-raped her at least on four to five occasions at different places, including Dombivli, Badlapur, Murbad and Rabale in the district,” Business Standard of India also quoted Karale as saying.
A special investigative team has been formed to probe the case.
“The victim has named 33 persons. Out of them, 24 persons have been arrested and two minors detained in this connection. The girl’s condition is said to be stable,” the police commissioner further said.
Police are searching for the other suspects, while those already in custody will be remanded until September 29.
The two minors will be remanded in custody at a children’s remand home.