Nearly a week after nobody claimed the body of an 11-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in Gujarat's Surat, the city police released two photographs of the child on social media seeking help in identifying her.
Days earlier, a 19-year-old Jamshedpur boy was arrested for slashing his five-year-old cousin's throat for resisting his rape attempts. Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma had yesterday said that a DNA sample taken from the girl's body had been sent to the Forensic Sciences Laboratory for identification. However, police have no information about her family.
The dead body of the minor girl was discovered in Surat amid the widespread anger against rape of a 17-yerar-old girl in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh and rape and murder of 08-year-old girl in Kathua, Jammu & Kashmir.More news: Bank of America's once-giant mortgage business is now 'other'
The police are now scanning the list of the missing persons to establish girl's identity and to find out details about her family. The victim is said to be held captive, tortured and raped over a period of time, said the police on Sunday.
Odisha's Director General of Police (DGP) R P Sharma told reporters that all the superintendents of police (SPs) in his state have been asked to collect data on missing girls in their district after the Surat Police informed his force they suspect the rape and murder victim was from Odisha.
There is no denying the fact that Surat being PM Narendra Modi's home state Gujarat and BJP being at the helm of the state government, there is added pressure on the Surat Police.More news: Thousands of protesters take to the streets in Armenian capital
He said Police have registered a case of rape and also booked the unidentified accused under The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The perpetrators of the gruesome crime would not be spared, the minister asserted. "Our daughters will definitely get justice".
A doctor at the Civil Hospital in Surat had said the nature of injuries suggested that she was possibly held captive, tortured and raped.
The Unnao case hit the headlines after the girl attempted to immolate herself in front of Adityanath's residence on April 8, a day before her father died.More news: Belgium's Michy Batshuayi a doubt for World Cup after injuring ankle ligaments