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.