A 10-year-old girl was reportedly raped by a 65-year-old watchman and two others several times in the last three months in Bhopal, following which the accused were arrested, police said on Friday.
According to primary investigation, the victim, a Class V student, was gang-raped twice or thrice in the last three months. She was last raped on November 12, Jehangirabad police station's Inspector Preetam Singh Thakur said.
The watchman, Nanhu Lal, Gokul Panwala (45) and Gyanendra Pandit (36), reportedly raped the girl in the house of one Suman Pandey (50), who has also been apprehended, he said.
The girl's mother had registered a complaint with the police on Thursday, the officer said.
The victim's mother noticed that her daughter was depressed and quiet since the last few days. When asked, the the girl initially did not speak but later narrated her ordeal to her mother, he said.
Thakur said the accused, who lived in the same locality of the girl, had threatened the victim of dire consequences if she revealed the incident to anyone.
According to the police, Pandey used to lure the girl with sweets.
On the basis of the complaint, a case was registered under relevant sections of the IPC, including 376D (gangrape), and provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), he said.
All the three accused were arrested on Thursday evening, the inspector said.
While Panwala runs a betel (pan) shop, Pandit is a driver, Thakur said, adding Pandey works as a domestic help.
The incident comes days after a woman was reportedly raped by four men for nearly three hours near the railway tracks in Bhopal when she was returning home after attending a coaching class on October 31.