Eight men have been arrested in India after two girls, aged 14 and 15, were dragged into a forest and gang-r.@.p.e.d for hours until they passed out.
The sad incident occurred on Monday, March 29 in Khowai, Tripura.
The victims, who were friends, had been out celebrating Holi, the Festival of Love with the group of men, aged between 19 and 22, who they knew from the local area.
After the festival celebration, the two girls failed to return home in the evening, the Times of India reports.
The eight men allegedly took the girls into a nearby forest and gang-r..a..p.e.d them until they passed out.
The victims only returned home on Tuesday morning and were suffering from i..n.j.u.r.i.es. They were later rushed to the hospital, where they are being treated for their injuries.
After explaining what had happened to them, the girls’ parents contacted the police, leading to the arrests of Bimal Debbarma, Soyel Debbarma, Michael Debbarma, Nishit Debbarma, Biresh Debbarma, Jagu Debbarma, Bikash Debbarma and Hrishit Debbarma.
Speaking about the incident, a police officer said: ‘The accused took the girls to a forest and gang-r..a.p.e.d them through the night. When they passed out, the men left presuming them to be dead.’