Chennai: The women police station of Thiruchengode arrested 12 men, including a BSNL junior engineer, on charges of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old minor girl.
The arrests were made on Tuesday evening after the parents lodged a complaint with the District Child Protection Officer (DCPO), Ranjitha Priya.
The girl who is a Class 6 drop out was living with her sister as her father was bedridden and her mother a daily wage employee. The arrested men included her sister's husband too.
"The girl's brother-in-law was the first to exploit her, after this several people sexually abused her which included the men at the homes where she used to go as a daily wage labourer," said Shakthi Ganeshan, Superintendent of Police, Namakkal, as reported by IANS
The DCPO in her inquiry found that 13 men had assaulted her and lodged a complaint with the Tiruchengode All women police station. Inspector A. Hemavathi arrested the accused. The minor girl has now been lodged at the Namakkal government protection home.
(With IANS inputs)