Two persons have been arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police in connection with the spine-chilling brutal gang rape of a 13-year-old girl in Lakhimpur Kheri district. The victim’s father has alleged that his daughter has been strangled to death, her eyes gouged out and her tongue chopped.
The body of the girl was recovered from a sugarcane field of one of the accused in the case.
Uttar Pradesh police have registered a case of murder and gangrape against the two accused.
The incident took place on Friday in a village in Isanagar police station area, close to the Nepal border.
A relative of the girl said three people were involved in the crime.
Victim had gone missing
The victim had gone missing on Friday afternoon. She left her house in Pakariya village of Lakhimpur Kheri district around 1 pm. Her father said they went out looking for her when she did not return till late evening.
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After a brief search, they noticed some dragging marks near a sugarcane field and found her body, the police said. Her father said the girl was strangled with a dupatta, her eyes were gouged out and her tongue was cut off.
The girl’s father has denied enmity with anyone in the village, police said.
Post-mortem confirms sexual assault
The girl’s post-mortem report has confirmed sexual assault and strangulation. However, the police said, the post-mortem report did not suggest that the victim’s eyes were gouged out or tongue was cut.
Lakhimpur Kheri SP Satendra Kumar said there was nothing in the post-mortem report that would suggest that the 13-year-old’s eyes were gouged out or tongue was cut. “There were scratches near her eyes which could be due to the sugarcane leaves. Her tongue was not cut,” the SP said.
“The post-mortem report stated the cause of the girl’s death was strangulation after rape,” said deputy superintendent of police, Dhaurahra, Abhishek Pratap.
Mayawati condemns incident
Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati condemned the Lakhimpur Kheri rape case on Twitter. She also attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh.
In a tweet, Mayawati said, “The rape of a Dalit minor in Pakariya village of Lakhimpur Kheri and her brutal killing is extremely sad and shameful. What is the difference between the SP and the present BJP government if these incidents keep happening? The government should take strict action against the culprits of Kheri along with Azamgarh.”
यूपी के लखीमपुर खीरी के पकरिया गाँव में दलित नाबालिग के साथ बलात्कार के बाद फिर उसकी नृशंस हत्या अति-दुःखद व शर्मनाक। ऐसी घटनाओं से सपा व वर्तमान भाजपा सरकार में फिर क्या अन्तर रहा? सरकार आजमगढ़ के साथ खीरी के दोषियों के विरूद्ध भी सख्त कार्रवाई करे, बीएसपी की यह माँग है।
— Mayawati (@Mayawati) August 15, 2020
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