11-year-old girl's body found with 86 injuries, rape suspected — Surat

Surat rape case Gujarat Police seek Odisha officers’ help to identify 11-year-old girl

People take part in a protest in New Delhi on April 15 against the rape cases in Unnao and Kathua | Arvind Yadav HT

However, the identity of the victim was not known yet and none of her family has claimed the body.

Police announced a reward of Rs 20,000 for information that would help identify her. "Samples have been sent for forensics tests to determine whether she was sexually assaulted", said Surat commissioner of police Satish Sharma.

Despite the Gujarat Police leaving no stone unturned to trace the identity of 11-year-old girl, who was reportedly murdered after brutal sexual assault for nearly a week, cops are clueless about the girl's family as well as the accused.

In Kathua, an eight-year-old girl from the nomadic Bakerwal community had gone missing from near her house on January 10 and a week later, her body was found in the same area. "Case has been handed over to crime branch", Sharma said. Giving details on the case, Ganesh Govekar, Forensic Head, Civil Hospital, told ANi, "The girl's body had 86 injury marks including ones on her private parts".

According to Padesara police inspector KB Jhala the girl's picture had been circulated on social media platforms to avail her identity.

As per news reports, most of the injuries seem to have been inflicted with a wooden object.

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As there are no signs of struggle available at the site from where the body was recovered, police believe that she could have been killed somewhere else and then dumped at the place.

Police have registered a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences or POCSO Act besides other sections against unidentified persons, he said.

The rapes and murders in Kathua and Unnao have sparked shock and outrage across the country with the BJP being accused of trying to shield the accused in both cases.

"As a country, as a society we all are ashamed of it (rapes)", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. I want to assure that no culprit will be spared, complete justice will be done.

"It has come to the notice of the Surat Police that some people are sharing a photo of the dead body of a young girl from Gujarat and saying that an ABVP linked person raped her".

The police have launched a manhunt for the accused, a father of three children.

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