India rape culture
Two teenagers were gang raped in Delhi on Wednesday evening (Representational image) Reuters

Police in India on Thursday (15 September) arrested four of the five youngsters, who are accused of raping two teenage girls in Delhi on Wednesday evening. The incident happened in the capital city when the girls were spending time with their two male friends in a government park of Aman Vihar area.

According to reports, the girls aged 17 and 18 were chatting with their friends under a tree near the Mundka metro station, when the five youths approached them and started misbehaving with them. When the boys, aged 19 and 20, retaliated to the assault, the five alleged accused hit them and tied them. They, then, took turns to rape the girls in front of the two boys.

It was reported that the youths also threatened girls of the dire consequences, before leaving them in miserable condition in the bushes, if they informed police about the incident.

Soon after the victims lodged complaint, local police started their investigation and arrested four of the five suspects. They admitted to their crime but said they were minors. Now, police are verifying relevant documents to confirm their age. Also, a search operation has been commenced to find the fifth accused, believed to be the leader of the group.

"A case under protection of children from sexual offences (POCSO) Act and India Penal Code was registered at the Aman Vihar police station," Vikramjit Singh, deputy commissioner of police (outer), said.

Locals have claimed that the accused youths are serial offenders, who had molested some other women in the past also.