New Delhi - Two Delhi policemen were sacked for sexually assaulting a teenage girl, officials said on Monday, and will face criminal charges, in the latest case of abuse by authorities in India.
Constables Amit Tomar and Gurjinder Singh were dismissed to send a "strong signal" to police personnel against abusing women and children, senior police officer N Gnana Sambandan said.
He said Tomar had lured the 14-year-old victim and two others, aged 10 and 12, with money and chocolates to Singh's flat on Saturday evening.
"The policemen molested the minor and tried to force themselves on her. On hearing her cries, the two other girls also started crying for help, prompting a neighbour to call police and the girls were rescued," Sambandan said.
The two policemen have been arrested and will face charges of sexual assault, kidnapping and causing hurt in the next week, Sambandan said.
The incident followed other recent cases in Delhi and the northern state of Uttar Pradesh where police allegedly molested and forced rape victims to strip.
Sexual violence has been a focus of public attention in India since the fatal gang rape of a student on a bus in New Delhi in December triggered mass protests.
But activists say little has changed in attitudes towards sexual assault, and attacks on women and girls continue unabated. Campaigners have also complained of a patriarchal and misogynist mindset among police.