- Media report, social media posts claimed 8-year-old was not raped
- Jammu and Kashmir police debunk claims in press release
- Prosecution of accused in case faces stiff resistance from some groups
The police had filed charges against eight people including two policemen who allegedly destroyed crucial evidence but have been targeted by local groups who contend the six people accused of rape have been framed. It is in this context that demands for CBI inquiry were made, a call supported by two BJP ministers who eventually had to quit last week for what the party called their "indiscretion".
Over the last few days, there had been some reports in the print and electronic media shared on social media sites as well that were far from true, the statement said, seen as a reference to reports that said a second autopsy report on the girl contradicted the police version.
"Constrained by this reportage, it is to place on record that on the strength of opinion furnished by medical experts, it has been confirmed that the victim was found subjected to sexual assault by the accused," a statement by the crime branch of Jammu police said.
The girl had gone missing on January 10 while grazing horses in the forest. Investigators said the accused kidnapped her after pretending to help her find her horses.
Saturday's crime branch statement underlined that this allegation was also backed up by the medical report.
"In addition to this, medical opinion has established beyond doubt that the victim was held in captivity and administered sedatives and her cause of death was asphyxia leading to cardio pulmonary arrest," police said.