Even as demand for justice for a five-year-old victim of brutal rape in New Delhi is getting louder in the country,the neighbouring Punjab is still sleeping over an equally brutal rape and murder of a six year old in January this year.
The Punjab Police has failed to make any breakthrough in the case despite the fact that a special investigation team (SIT) was formed immediately after the crime came to light.
Investigations revealed that the victims family had moved from UP to Mann Singh Nagar in Ludhiana but following the incident left the city in fear. The police,thus,seems to have closed the file because the complainant left the city.
The girl was the eldest of three sisters and her father was a daily wager in a hosiery unit in Ludhiana. On January 12,she,like other children in the colony,went out to seek alms from the residents in her lane on the occasion of Lohri,but never returned.
Though the family got a missing complaint registered the same day,the decomposed half-naked body of the girl was recovered from a vacant plot on January 21. Even the board of doctors who conducted the postmortem on the victim,were shocked to find her genitals torn till the intestines and blood clots everywhere. The doctors had termed it the worst ever rape of a minor.
The culprit/s,after raping the girl,had smashed her face with bricks. The police had launched a massive search operation in Mann Singh Nagar,but failed to find any clues regarding the culprit/s.
A candy was found from the pocket of her dress,indicating that she might have been lured using the same by the culprit/s.
When The Indian Express contacted Balwinder Singh,the Station House Officer (SHO) at Basti Jodhewal,to seek the progress details in the investigation of case,he said: We tried our best and we are still working on that case. But the family of the girl has moved back to UP so we have not been able to gather some details needed to crack this case.