Mi­nor girl killed in Su­rat; rape sus­pected


A mi­nor was al­legedly held cap­tive, tor­tured and raped be­fore be­ing killed, the Su­rat Po­lice said on Sun­day, even as the coun­try out­rages over the rape and mur­der of an eightyear-old girl in Kathua.

The body of the uniden­ti­fied girl, be­lieved be­tween nine and 11 years, was found in Bh­es­tan lo­cal­ity here and had 86 in­jury marks. It was spot­ted ly­ing in bushes near a cricket ground on the morn­ing of April 6 by some passersby.

The au­topsy re­port said there were 86 in­jury marks on her body, in­clud­ing the pri­vate parts, in­di­cat­ing that she was tor­tured and raped, In­spec­tor KB Jhala of Pan­desara po­lice sta­tion said. She was stran­gu­lated, the re­port said.

While the po­lice had ear­lier said that a body of a girl had been found, de­tails of the case were made pub­lic on Sun­day with Su­rat Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Satish Sharma hold­ing a press con­fer­ence. An FIR has been lodged un­der sec­tions 302 (mur­der), 323 (vol­un­tar­ily caus­ing hurt) and 376 (rape) of the IPC and un­der the Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren from Sex­ual Of­fences Act (POCSO) against uniden­ti­fied per­sons, he said.

Ganesh Govekar, a doc­tor at the City Civil Hos­pi­tal where the au­topsy was con­ducted, said, “Go­ing by the na­ture of in­juries, they seem to have been caused over a pe­riod rang­ing from one week to a day prior to the re­cov­ery of the body, sug­gest­ing that the girl, who is be­tween nine to 11 years of age, might have been held cap­tive, tor­tured and pos­si­bly raped.”

The po­lice com­mis­sioner said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been handed over to the city po­lice’s Crime Branch and all ef­forts are be­ing made to iden­tify the girl. “We have gone through the data of miss­ing chil­dren in Gu­jarat and also in other states like Odisha and West Ben­gal, as she might be from an­other state,” he said.

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