Ahmedabad: A 17-year-old girl attempted suicide with her friend after she was allegedly raped by the latter’s relative near Bodeli in Gujarat’s Chhota Udepur district, stated the police on Monday. Also Read - 'Name Change Virus?' Internet Explodes With Memes After Gujarat Govt Renames Dragon Fruit As 'Kamalam'

The teenage girl informed the Bodeli police that while she was on her way to school with her friend last Thursday, two persons identified as Sajanbhai Naika and Rohit Naika, approached them. The strangers then escorted the two girls to a temple nearby after persuasion, stated an official. Also Read - Hyderabad Swimmer Who Saved People From Suicides Starts 'Sonu Sood Ambulance Service'

“While the victim sat on Sajanbhai’s two-wheeler, her friend rode pillion on Rohit’s motorcycle. En route, while Rohit rode ahead with the friend, Sajanbhai took the victim to an isolated spot out of town and raped her at knife-point,” said the official. Also Read - Dragon Fruit to be Renamed as 'Kamalam' by Gujarat Government. But Why?

Police said that the two girls allegedly consumed pesticide out of fear after the accused dropped them to Bodeli. Soon after the incident, the two girls were admitted to Bodeli government hospital. They were later shifted to Vadodara civil hospital as their health condition deteriorated to a critical stage, added the police.

The official reportedly said, “At Vadodara civil hospital, the victim gave a statement to police revealing the incident that took place on Thursday and the subsequent sequence of events following which we registered a case on Sunday.”

Sajanbhai has been booked for rape and criminal intimidation under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the Indian Penal Code. Rohit Naika has been charged under section 114 (abettor present when the offence is committed) of the IPC, the official said. Both the accused are absconding and efforts are on to nab them, the Bodeli police official said.

With PTI inputs