12/20/2013 11:31 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

5 Police Officers Accused Of Raping Minor Girl In India

Five police officers, accused of the rape of a minor girl, were held in India this week after the teenage victim came forward.

The five men from Chandigarh were arrested and sent to a three-day police remand, DNA India reports. Following protests from members of the Indian People's Party and Congress outside the police station, a police spokesman announced that the five policemen have been dismissed from service.

According to The Times Of India, the alleged rape of the 17-year-old girl did not come to light until this week, when the victim told her brother, who relayed her account to authorities.

The teen then came forward and told authorities that she met one of the officers several weeks ago when she called to report a dispute with a relative. The man allegedly began harassing her on the phone and later raped her at gunpoint in a vehicle. The four others are also accused of raping the minor girl over a period of at least one-and-a-half months.

"Regarding the case, senior officers of Chandigarh Police have taken a very strong view of the worst act of the constables which amounts to grave misconduct," a police spokesman said, according to DNA India.

Four of the men were reportedly posted at Police Control Room vehicles, which are often the first responders to crime reports, including sexual assault.



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