Two rapes in Bihar, one involving a 10-year-old girl, have driven people to the streets in anger in Motihari, around 160 km from Patna.

The child had a surgery after being gang-raped allegedly by two men last Wednesday. Pramod Sahni and Kamal Sahni, accused by the police pf attacking the child, were arrested a day after.

The girl’s brother said: “They kidnapped her and raped her. When she shouted they put a knife to her throat.”

He alleged that the family is being pressured to withdraw the case. “We are poor people. They say if we don’t drop the case they will shoot us,” he said.

A 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped at gunpoint in another part of the district.

Her family alleges that three attackers brutalized the girl with a wooden stick. Her condition is believed to be critical.

The police say the men had harassed the girl in the past too.