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Minor raped, friend assaulted in Palghar; 2 held

A minor girl was allegedly raped while her friend was assaulted by two youths at Valiv in Palghar district, following which the duo has been apprehended, police said on Saturday.

Minor girl gang-raped-AVIn the incident that took place on February 25, the victims were taken to a dilapidated structure by the duo, who belong to Nalasopara in Vasai, API Sudharshan Potdar of Valiv police station said. While one of accused raped the girl, her friend who tried to help her was beaten up, the officer said.

Following a complaint, a case under relevant sections of IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) was registered on Friday, he added.

The youths, whose names have been withheld, were produced in local court on Saturday which remanded them in police custody till March 10, police said.

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