A 14-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped in Kannauj district in northern India by three youths, who went on to upload pictures of the rape on social networking sites and WhatsApp.
Police identified the alleged rapists on Sunday, reported the Times of India. But the trio have since gone missing.
According to the police, the girl was abducted from Lalpur village, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, as she was on her way to buy groceries at a nearby shop on May 25, and then gang-raped.
Police said the youths were well aware of her routine and waylaid her as she was going to the shop. They abducted her and covered her face with a piece of cloth.
She was taken to a secluded room in the village, where the youths took turns to rape her while taking photographs with their mobile phones.
They threatened to upload her pictures on social media if she told her parents or anyone else.
Both the victim and the youths are from the same village.
The matter reportedly came to light when pictures of the crime went viral on social media.
Her parents went to the youths' families to complain, but they were threatened instead for daring to take up the matter.
However, some relatives of the girl informed police about the incident.
On Sunday, the police registered a First Information Report (FIR) against the youths - Bittu, Rikka and Kailash - following a complaint by the victim's father. An FIR is a document prepared by Indian police when they are informed that an arrestable offence has been committed.
Police said: "The three named youths would be arrested soon as raids are under way."
This article was first published on June 02, 2015.
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