The eight-year-old Dalit girl whose semi-nude body was recovered from a sugarcane field in Pilibhit district Friday was brutally raped and sodomised. The minor also tried to fight off her assailants but was badly beaten up before being strangulated to death. The facts came to fore in the autopsy report submitted by the doctors Saturday.
As per the report, the girl had sustained serious injuries on her private parts. Signs of struggle were visible on her body and she had cut marks on hands, lips, eyes and chest.
Following the revelations made in the autopsy, police added Sections 376 (rape), 377 (sodomy) of IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act in the FIR lodged at Bisalpur police station following a complaint by the victim’s father, said Pilibhit’s SP (City) Ram Suresh Yadav.
On Friday, the police had lodged a murder FIR.
“Four persons were detained for interrogation. While three have been let go, one is still being questioned,” Yadav said.
Meanwhile, at the victim’s home, her mother remained inconsolable. “I won’t be able to sleep ever. I still hear her asking me not to send her to school,” said the wailing mother.
The semi-nude body of the girl was found a day after she had gone missing after she was reportedly sent home alone by her school teacher for failing to deposit her fee. Following the incident, the district administration came to know that the private school where she was studying was being run without recognition from the state education department. The school has been sealed.