Girl, 17, ‘raped by uni student during exam while 12 men stood and watched’

A teenage girl claims she was raped by a university student in the middle of an exam.

The 17-year-old alleges the attack took place after she was forcibly taken inside Jhansi College campus in India's Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.

She claims approximately a dozen students watched while one man raped her and another filmed the assault. They also allegedly robbed her of 2,000 rupees (£20) before fleeing the scene.

The alleged victim said she had gone to meet a boy at the campus while the Uttar Pradesh provincial civil services (PCS) preliminary exam 2020, which students must pass in order to work for state government, was underway.

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She said a group of university students approached them and beat up the boy before forcing her through an unguarded gate into the college's exam centre where she was sexually assaulted.

The assailants allegedly threatened her and said they would make the video of the rape go viral online if she told anyone.

Dinesh Kumar P, senior superintendent of police, told media: "Some police personnel heard the cries of the girl and took her to the Sipri Bazaar police station where she narrated her ordeal to the police."

Eight students have been arrested in connection with the incident, two of whom have been named as Rohit Saini and Bharat Kushwaha.

Police are continuing to investigate, including how the girl could have been forced inside the exam centre without attracting the attention of the security guard on duty at the time.

The girl has been sent for a medical examination in the meantime, and authorities are arranging for her to receive psychological help to overcome her trauma.

Jhansi district magistrate Andhra Vamsi said the case would be tried in a fast-track court.

The principal of Jhansi college said the accused men were second year students and that the institute was cooperating with the police in establishing the identity of other students involved in the incident.

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