In 2017, a Facebook friend lured a 13 year old girl to a motel, forced her to stay with him and raped her repeatedly for two days. It started off as a normal friendship over FB, but culminated in betrayal and sexual abuse. The ‘’Facebook friend’’ was a 21 year old male who sweet-talked a 13-year old minor girl from Tirupur into accompanying him to Chennai. In a lodge in Pondicherry, he raped her over and over again until his sexual hunger was satiated. Then, the offender gave her some cash to return home and vanished from the scene. But her ordeal didn’t end there. The lodge owner on finding the victim unaided and powerless duped her through false promises of assistance and raped her. Thereafter, the girl managed to escape from the godforsaken place and return to her hometown.
Gruesome as it sounds, this is the harsh reality of young victims in our country. No matter how much the general public would like to believe that it’s not as rampant and heinous, most of these incidents when looked into closer tell a horrifying tale.
In 2017, a non-resident Indian banker flew over 100 miles to meet a 14-year old girl in a hotel room; he had been ‘’grooming’’ her over Whatsapp chats in order to exploit her sexually.
These are just two of the several hundred cases of child sexual abuse that are reported with Indian police on a regular basis.