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Two girls raped in Indian orphanage

Police on the hunt for two suspects reporter, Thiruvananthapuram

June 13, 2014

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Indian police are on the hunt for two men accused of raping two girls, aged 10 and 11, in an orphanage in Tamil Nadu state.

The suspects entered the orphanage run by the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church (TELC) in Pollachi in the early morning of June 12, according to Police Inspector General S Davidson Devasirvatham.

“We have registered the case and received some information about the accused,” he told today.

“Two persons entered the orphanage after midnight and requested some water. When one of the girls offered them water, they took the girls forcefully to the rooftop of a nearby building and raped them.”

According to police one of the boys in the orphanage tried to resist them, but was severely beaten. Later the residents alerted the warden who was staying nearby the orphanage, who in turn contacted the police.

“Police found them in a pool of blood and severely injured,” said Devasirvatham. “The victims were taken to the government hospital in Pollachi and their statements were recorded.” 

Police said that the Evangelical Lutheran Church was running the charity home without proper licenses so there was no security. All residents - 17 boys and three girls under the age of 13 -  come from poor families.

Archana Patnaik, the district’s highest ranking officer, ordered immediate closure and the children have been transferred to government-run orphanages.

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