More than three days after the brutalized body of a missing teenage girl was found in the northern Indian state of Haryana, police had yet to identify her alleged rapists and killers, an official said Tuesday.
The 15-year-old victim went missing on Jan. 9 after she left her home in Kurukshetra town for private tutoring, police said, adding that her body, which bore signs of sexual abuse and torture, was discovered about 100 km (62 miles) away in Jind on Saturday.
“We have rounded up many people for questioning, but haven’t yet zeroed down on the culprits. No arrests so far. But one person from the girl’s village has been missing since she disappeared last week. We are trying to trace him to ascertain the identities of the accused,” Jind’s Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Dheeraj Kumar Singh, told BenarNews.
The victim’s liver and lungs were ruptured because a blunt object was inserted in her body, a doctor who conducted the autopsy said, rekindling memories of the infamous Delhi gang-rape in which a 23-year-old medical student died after being tortured on a moving bus in 2012.
“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 it looks like three-four people were responsible. A hard and blunt thing was inserted inside her,” NDTV quoted Dr. S.K. Dattarwal of the government hospital in Rohtak as saying.
Namrata Gaur, of the Haryana Women Commission, said that the victim and the missing youth from her village knew one another.
“The commission is closely monitoring the case and we have assured the victim’s family of all assistance in the case,” Gaur told reporters.
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Akash Vashishtha and Rohit Wadhwaney
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