A 16-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped for five days by six persons, including three minors, after being locked up in a room in Ongole town of Andhra Pradesh, police said on Sunday.
The incident came to light after the 16-year-old victim managed to escape from the clutches of the accused.
All those accused of allegedly raping her have been apprehended from different parts of the state and police said they are further investigating the case.
The incident also stirred up a row over safety of women in the state with Home Minister M Sucharita promising stern action.
Prakasam District Superintendent of Police Siddharth Kaushal told reporters that one of the accused befriended the girl when she was waiting for her friend at the RTC bus station in Ongole on June 17.
She was then taken to his room where he and five of his friends allegedly raped her for five days.
The girl belonging to the Guntur district, escaped from their clutches and reached the bus station on Saturday evening when an on-duty home-guard and Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police spotted and rescued her, the police official said.
Later she was admitted to the government hospital for treatment and her condition has been stated as stable.
Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) Gautam Sawang ha condemned the incident calling for high priority for safety and security of women and children and prevention of crime against them
Strict action has been promised by the DGP, who said the perpetrators of such crimes would brought to book systematically.
A case under different sections of POCSO Act and IPC was registered against the accused, of which four are engineering students.
“This is a heinous crime and we will take deterrent steps to ensure such incidents did not recur,” said the Home Minister.
At the same time, Ongole MLA and Energy Minister Balineni Srinivasa Reddy also condemned the incident and assured that the government would ensure early and stringent punishment to the accused.