Indian Army personnel allegedly gang-raped a 14-year-old girl Monday in a moving train in the eastern state of Jharkhand, according to local reports. Police in Jharkhand reportedly detained one of the men and said the other two would be arrested soon.
The girl ran away from her home Sunday and was travelling alone on a train bound for the town of Amritsar, in the northwestern state of Punjab. Her family alerted police of her disappearance, who informed railway authorities. The officials identified the girl -- who was seen boarding a traincar reserved for troops -- on surveillance camera footage, the Times of India reported.
Railway police rescued the girl, who later said in a complaint that one of the soldiers offered her liquor and two others raped her after she was drunk. The man who offered the girl liquor was arrested and the other two were absconding, DNA newspaper reported. The girl was scheduled to undergo a medical test to confirm the rape allegations.
"Prima facie, it seems the allegations are correct. We have identified the two accused and interrogation of the arrested person is likely to provide further leads. It seems that the crime occurred soon after the train left Howrah," Asim Vikrant Minj, Dhanbad city superintendent of railway police, reportedly said.
In recent months, women's safety in India has become a national debate following a series of violent rapes that received massive media coverage. And, earlier this month, the country's judicial system was in the spotlight after the Supreme Court ordered a man, who was among several people convicted of a violent rape on a moving bus in New Delhi in December 2012, was to be released after he served time in a juvenile detention facility.