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Indian minor girl raped by 18 men in Chennai

NEW DELHI: Eighteen men appeared in court in the Indian city of Chennai yesterday on charges of repeatedly raping an 11-year girl over a seven-month period. The men included security guards, lift operators and plumbers working at the apartment block where the girl lived, police said.

The men in Chennai sedated the girl, who has a hearing disability, with drugs and then took her to vacant apartments in the block to assault her. Local media reports said they had threatened her with knives, and told her they would release videos of the assault if she told anyone. But on Saturday, the victim told her elder sister who was visiting from Delhi, prompting the family to file a complaint. Police arrested the men on Monday on charges of rape, attempted murder and criminal intimidation.

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