NEW DELHI: A 24-year-old girl was gang-raped in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore by three-men at knifepoint. The incident took place in a park next to the 16th century Vellore Fort in the heart of Vellore, around 140 km from capital Chennai, around 7 pm.
According to cops, the accused also assaulted the woman’s boyfriend and robbed them of their belongings.
Cops have arrested two 18-year-old suspects, also a case of robbery and rape has been registered.
One woman reported a rape every 15 minutes on an average in India in 2018, according to government data released this month.
Just over 85 percent of the 34,000 rapes reported in 2018 led to charges, and 27 percent to convictions, according to the annual crime report released by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The government statistics understate the number of rapes as it is still considered a taboo to report rape in some parts of India and because rapes that end in the murder are counted purely as murders.
(With inputs from Agencies)