A video showing two girls being molested by a group of 14 boys in Rampur district of Uttar Pradesh has gone viral on the social media, triggering outrage in the state.
The police has arrested the main accused - Shahnawaz Qadri from Kuwan Kheda village of Tanda - after registering a case against 14 boys who have been identified.
In the video, the group of boys can be seen waylaying two girls in a desolate village area.
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The boys are seen molesting and groping one of the girls. One boy even lifts her.
While the girls are seen pleading with them to let them go, the boys are seen laughing and a few of them shooting the incident.
"An FIR has been lodged against 14 persons. The main accused Shahnawaz has been arrested and the police probe is on," Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said.
He said victims are yet to be identified and no one has approached the police yet.
However, the police has registered an FIR on its own.
About the accused, he said Shahnawaj, Nawved, Farmaan, Jahane Aalam and Saddam are of Kuwakhera village of Rampur district.
"Attempts are on to nab the other accused," he said.
As per this Hindustan Times report, the exact date and time of the incident is not clear.
The Yogi Adityanath-led UP government launched ‘anti-Romeo’ squads to curb harassment against women. After accusations of moral policing, the government renamed the force Nari Suraksha Bal (Women’s Protection Force) and issued guidelines for them.