Kaithal: Eighteen men, including seven Haryana Police personnel, have been booked for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl and her mother for months in a village near Kaithal’s Kalayat town, said reports on Thursday. The duo was allegedly raped between July and September. Reports said none of the accused had been arrested. (Also read: SC to Hear Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case Today)

Based on the minor’s complaint on Tuesday, police registered a case against the 18 accused, including seven cops, a sarpanch, a former sarpanch under relevant sections of the IPC and the POCSO Act, Kaithal SP Astha Modi was reported as saying by The Times of India.

The seven accused policemen had been identified as assistant sub-inspectors (ASI) Shamsher Singh, Roshan Lal and Dhanpati, exempted ASI Bajir Singh, head constable Randeep and constables Dilavar and Isham Singh, said the daily. “The minor alleged that ASI Shamsher Singh had sexually assaulted her and her mother many times at their residence while the other accused stood outside and supported him. No arrests have been made so far,” the SP said.

Prime accused Shamsher Singh refuted the allegations, saying, “The girl’s father is an advocate and she is conniving with him to defame me and others. But the truth will come out.”

Recently, a woman was allegedly gang-raped while she was bathing in the Ganga river in Patna. The victim was dragged out of the river and raped by two men. The incident took place on Monday. Further, the accused also captured the incident, the video of which did rounds on social media. Police have arrested the two men accused in the case.

In Madhya Pradesh, two priests allegedly raped a five-year-old old girl in Madhya Pradesh’s Datia district. The incident took place on Tuesday. Police said the priests lured the girl inside the temple by offering her a sweet. Later, the accused left the girl outside her home and threatened her against disclosing the matter to anyone.