Father tied to tree and forced to watch as teenage daughter gang-raped by six men

The attack unfolded on February 5 in Patthar Ghatti village in the Kishanganj district of the northern Indian state of Bihar


                            Father tied to tree and forced to watch as teenage daughter gang-raped by six men

In the latest horrifying sex attack in India, a group of six men tied a father to a tree and forced him to watch as they brutally gang-raped his teenage daughter. The incident, which unfolded in the country's northern state of Bihar, has once again put the spotlight on a problem that refuses to go away despite the introduction of stricter punishments.

According to the Times of India, the gang-rape occurred at 2 am Tuesday in Patthar Ghatti village in the Kishanganj district, which is around 400 km (249 miles) from the state's capital in Patna.

(Picture for representative purposes only) A student voice her opinion during a rally protesting India's high rates of sex crime (Source: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
(Picture for representative purposes only) A student voice her opinion during a rally protesting India's high rates of sex crime (Source: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

According to reports, the six men reached the teenager's home on three motorcycles and talked to her father, who was sleeping outside on a cot, under the guise of wanting some water to drink. When her father opened the door and went inside to fetch the water, the group eyed the victim.

Daily Mail reported that the group barged into the hut and overpowered her father before tying his hands and legs with cloth and leaving him outside the residence. The girl was then dragged to a nearby field, where they took turns raping her, with the father helpless and forced to watch. They fled the scene after the attack, leaving her in pain, but not before threatening her and her father against approaching the authorities.

But the incident nonetheless came to light after the girl's family members went to the Korobari police station and lodged a complaint the next day. The teenager was subsequently taken to the Kishanganj Sadar Hospital for her medical examination, but her clothes couldn't be used for forensic examination because they had been washed.

(Picture for representative purposes only)Protestors ask for death penalty for those accused of rape (Source: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
(Picture for representative purposes only)Protestors ask for death penalty for those accused of rape (Source: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

The authorities managed to track down one of the accused, identified as 32-year-old Mohammed Kasim, and placed him under arrest. The officer in charge of the Korobari police station, Station House Officer Suraj Kumar, said they have launched a manhunt for the other five accused — Faiz Alam, 30, Abdul Mannan, 27, Kalua, 28, Ansar Alam, 33, and Takhseer Alam, 30 — all of whom are residents of villages under jurisdiction of the station.

Kumar Ashish, the superintendent of the police, revealed that the locals had told them all six were known for harassing girls and women in Patthar Ghatti and neighboring villages, adding they had never complained possibly because one of the accused, Faiz Alam, "has criminal antecedents."

He said he would be personally monitoring the case and promised they would all be arrested soon. Reports from the state suggest the Korobari police have requested the assistance of adjoining police stations in nabbing the accused. 

Bihar continues to face high levels of sex crimes, with the Mail reporting that the state saw 1,400 cases of rape reported in 2018, with 39 of those in the Kishanganj district alone.