A 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped at gunpoint by five youths in Nanu village in Uttar Pradesh’s Sardhana area on Thursday. The girl was on her way to a neighbour’s house when the youths pulled her into a nearby house and assaulted her, police said.

She was also beaten when she threatened to report the matter to the police.

When the victim returned home and informed her parents, they initially preferred silence given the stigma.

However, news spread after the alleged rapists began to loiter around her house. When relatives and friends tried to catch the culprits, they slipped away. Sent for medical exam Members of the community then persuaded the family to take the girl to the Sardhana police station. An FIR was registered against Iqbal, Monu, Baju, Maujood and Sahjad on Friday and the victim was sent for a medical examination.

“We are investigating the case and efforts are being made to arrest the accused persons and unravel the truth,” Captain M.M. Beg, SP Meerut (Rural) said on Saturday. He added that the medical examination report of the victim was awaited.

Rights activist Sarika has urged the police to get the statement of the victim as requried under Section 164 (Code of Criminal Procedure) as required by the anti-rape law amended in the aftermath of the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape.