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ICC Note: Earlier this month a gang of 25 armed and masked men stormed a residential school belonging to the Evangelical Church of India and abducted four girls, aged 12 to 14. The men proceeded to rape the girls over the course of two hours before releasing them. The girls are currently recovering from their injuries even as police vow to catch the perpetrators. This horrific incident highlights just how much danger religious minorities and especially Christian girls face in some parts of India today. 
7/23/2013 India (BosNewsLife) – Four young students at an evangelical missionary school in eastern India are recovering from their injuries after they were gang-raped in what locals called “another chilling reminder” of how unsafe the area has become for schoolgirls and minority Christians, BosNewsLife learned Tuesday, July 23.
The girls, between the ages of 12 and 14, were abducted and raped after some 25 masked men carrying knives broke into the residential school of the Evangelical Church of India in Labda village in India’s eastern state of Jharkhand, church sources confirmed.
The victims, whose names were not immediately revealed, were rushed to hospital following the July 14 incident, reported Catholic news agency Fides.
They were reportedly among some 135 students enrolled on a vocational course at the Christian school, 60 of whom are minors. Most of them, including the girls, come from impoverished tribal families or other marginalized groups in India’s predominantly Hindu society.
Indian media said the school does not have a security system in place and its isolated, hilly position, made it an easy target for the intrusion.
The attackers reportedly tied up and gagged four teachers who were on the school grounds at the time before abducting the four girls of the Pahariya tribal group. They were then taken away and raped for two hours and released at 1 am local time on July 15, Christians said.
The girls were sent to the regional Pakur Sadar hospital for medical examination where doctors described their condition as “serious but stable”.
In a statement local police said no efforts would be spared to detain suspects. “It is a gruesome crime. Raids are on to nab the culprits,” said regional superintendent of police Y.S. Ramesh in published remarks. It is the first major crime case for Ramesh who took over as superintendent of Jharkhand’s Pakur District police after his predecessor Amarjit Balihar was killed this month by suspected Maoist rebels.
The violence comes shortly after two other 13-year-old girls, both students and daughters of policemen, were found dead in May in a pond in the city of Jasidih following a reported gang-rape attack.

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