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Indian sisters say their mother knew older brothers raped them

The girls say their mother would beat and burn them whenever they complained or refused their brothers’ demands.

A girl shouts slogan as she participates in a walk protesting violence against women in Kolkata, India.
A girl shouts slogan as she participates in a walk protesting violence against women in Kolkata, India.
Image: Bikas Das/PA

TWO BROTHERS IN Mumbai have been arrested over the alleged rape of their younger sisters – something the sisters say their mother was aware of.

India Today reports the family lived in a slum tenement and the brothers, aged 19 and 21, would allegedly take turns to rape their sisters.

The girls say their mother would beat and burn them whenever they complained or refused their brothers’ demands.

According to police, the older sister was first raped four years ago when she was just 13 years old.

The Indian Express said the younger sister’s abuse is said to have started a month ago. She recently approached a neighbour to confide in them and it was brought to the attention of police.

A police spokesperson said the brothers have been arrested under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act (POCSO) and for gang rape under the Indian Penal Code. The mother has been arrested for negligence as she failed to act on it despite knowing about the crime.

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