A 12-year-old girl has died after she and a friend of the same age were abducted and brutally raped by two males in western India.
The two girls had been playing at a temple near their homes in Pune, Maharashtra state, when a 17-year-old boy and a man, aged 22, lured them away from the grounds with chocolates.
The alleged attackers reportedly took the 12-year-old girls to a ‘desolate’ area and took turns in raping them.
The horrific incident took place in Hinjewadi, a suburb to Pune, on Sunday afternoon.
After the brutal sexual assaults the 17-year-old and the 22-year-old told the girls they would kill their families if they told anyone what had happened.
‘They raped the girls and threatened them with dire consequences if they revealed the incident to their parents or any other person,’ said an officer of the Hinjewadi police told Times of India.
‘One of the traumatized girls fainted after reaching home. Her parents, who were not aware of the incident, took her to the private hospital.
‘Another girl then gathered courage and narrated her ordeal to her parents.’
The condition of the 12-year-old girl in hospital deteriorated, and she slipped into a coma.
She died on Wednesday as a result of the injuries inflicted on her during the sexual assault.
The other girl was able to identify the two attackers, and the men have been arrested by police.