New Delhi: A 15-year-old girl in Haryana, missing since last week after she left home for tuition classes, was found dead on Saturday with 19 severe injuries to her body and signs of unspeakable torture. Her liver and lungs had been ruptured and an object had been jammed into her body, doctors said.
- Chief Minister ML Khattar said one of the attackers identified
- Girl's father hit out at administration and demanded justice
- Body had many injury marks, private parts mutilated, says doctor
The Class 10 student, from a village in Kurukshetra, went missing on Tuesday. Her mutilated, half-naked body was found near a canal about 100 kilometres away, in Jind. It was covered just by a torn shirt, and there were wounds on her face, neck, lips and chest. She was believed to have died two days earlier.
"The body had many injury marks, the private parts were mutilated and there were lot of internal injuries. Signs of sexual assault are visible and looks like three-four people were responsible, a hard and blunt thing was inserted inside her, signs of drowning also found," said a doctor in PGI Rohtak, SK Dattarwal.
He said it was apparent that the girl had struggled to escape but was gagged, and someone sat on her chest.
The girl's father hit out at the administration. "My daughter was kidnapped and raped. She was tortured... If administration had done its job well, an incident like this would have never happened," he wept.
The assault has been compared to the Delhi gang-rape in which a 23-year-old medical student -- who came to be known as Nirbhaya -- died after being gang-raped and tortured on a moving bus in December 2012.
Two special investigation teams led by senior officers have been set up to investigate the schoolgirl's rape, said the police in Jind.
This and two more rapes have jolted Haryana just days after the state hailed its "beti bachao (save daughters)" campaign following an improvement in the gender ratio.
In Panipat, an 11-year-old girl was raped and strangled after she was kidnapped on Saturday when she had left her house to dump garbage.
A 22-year-old woman was kidnapped and gang-raped for two hours in an SUV in Faridabad last evening.
Last month, a six-year-old girl was raped and killed in the state's Hisar district. She had also been tortured with a stick.