For several months police have been investigating the alleged gang rape of an 11-year-old girl by a group of 13- and 14-year-old boys.
The girl’s mother, who lives in central Israel’s Shfela region, filed a police complaint four months ago after obtaining a recording of the girl being gang-raped. After questioning the boys, police sent the case to the prosecution so they could make a decision on whether to indict them or not. No decision has yet been made.
According to the family’s lawyer, Hillel Babaiev, four to six boys were involved. The case was first reported by Channel 13.
The police complaint said the girl was raped on three or four separate occasions at an abandoned building near her home. She said the boys, who went to school with her, had invited her to meet, but when she arrived, they raped and sodomized her.
They also recorded the rapes and shared the recording with their classmates, the complaint added.
In one of the incidents, the girl said one of the boys held a knife to her throat while the others raped her.
Babaiev said she has been in psychiatric treatment and has been hospitalized several times since the rapes occurred.
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“This is one of the most shocking cases I have ever encountered,” Babaiev said. “These incidents were like the worst horror film one can imagine.”
“Unfortunately, the police and prosecution have been negligent in dealing with the case and haven’t handled it as they should, solely because the family is from a low socioeconomic class,” he added. “This case ought to have shocked them, because it involved horrifying acts against a girl who didn’t even understand what they were doing to her.”
The police released a statement saying: "As soon as the complaint was received by the police, an investigation was conducted in a thorough and sensitive way." The police added that the file was transferred for review to the State Prosecutor's office after the investigation was completed in June.