A teenager from Haryana's Kurukshetra district was allegedly raped, brutalized and murdered, with foreign objects inserted into her private parts, The Times of India reported today. Her semi-naked body was recovered from a water channel in Jind district on Saturday evening.
The deceased, the daughter of a tailor, went missing from her village in Kurukshetra on 9 January.
S.K. Dattarwal, head of the forensics department in the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak, where the autopsy was conducted, told TOI, "In all, her body had 19 injuries — largely on face, head, chest and hands. Her lungs were ruptured, suggesting someone might have sat on her chest."
"At the same time, water was found from her body. Her body parts were badly damaged, suggesting both unnatural act and gang rape. There were internal injuries as well, suggesting the assailants had inserted a foreign object," he said, adding that "the girl was subjected to immense brutality."
The Hindustan Times reported that a Class 12 student is the prime suspect in the horrific crime.
"The police have detained some people suspecting their involvement but the main accused is still at large. We are conducting raids to arrest him," Superintendent of Police in Kurukshetra, Abhishek Garg, told HT.
Dattarwal told HT, "The autopsy suggests this was an act of frustration. All the damage to her private parts seems to have been done after she was drowned and murdered. This was the work of more than one person who failed to sexually assault the victim while she was alive."
The father of the deceased told reporters, "My daughter was killed brutally, I want justice for her. I cannot fight a long battle for justice but I appeal to the police to send her criminals behind the bars."
The father has also accused the local police of failing to act in time. "Why did the police take three days to find our daughter?" he said.
In another horrific case of sexual violence in Haryana, the body of a Dalit girl was recovered in Urlana village of Panipat district on Sunday morning. The 11-year-old was allegedly murdered and then gang-raped by her two neighbors - both in their twenties.
On Friday evening in Uttar Pradesh, the mutilated body of a teenager from Ghaziabad was recovered from a sugarcane field the neighboring district of Meerut.
The daughter of a temple priest was allegedly kidnapped, gang-raped, tortured and murdered.