5 youths arrested for gang rape of 16-year-old in central Vietnam

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Police in the central province of Khanh Hoa are investigating a case in which a 16-year-old girl was gang raped by five young men who she had known for over a week through phone calls and text messages.

The police arrested Doan Hat, Vo Huu Binh, both 18, Nguyen Van Hau, 16, Dang Ngoc Hau, 17, and Nguyen Van Dung, 22 who allegedly took turns raping the girl on the night of September 6.

The victim, only identified by her initials N.T.L.H., agreed to join Hat and Nguyen Van Hau at an outdoor drinking party in a deserted area. The boys then invited the other Hau and Dung to join.

Hat then asked the girl to go around five meters from the table and suggested that they have sex. When she rejected the offer, Hat raped her.

He asked four others to help.

They let the girl return home on the bicycle she arrived on. Her mother called the police after observing her behave abnormally and forcing her to say what happened.

Investigations found Hat had the girl's cell phone number in late August. They talked on the phone and texted several times.

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Those convicted in Vietnam of raping people between 16 and 18 years old face jail penalties between five and ten years. The punishment for gang rape at the same age victim is between seven and 15 years.

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