The body of a Dalit girl was found in Jind district on January 12 and a doctor who examined it in Rohtak’s Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences on Sunday said she may have been gang-raped and an object that was thrust into her body ruptured her liver.
The girl was missing since January 9 from Kurukshetra. Her father lodged a police complaint on January 10. An FIR under Section 346 (wrongful confinement in secret) was registered at a police station in Kurukshetra.
Her mutilated body was found in a village in Jind district on Friday and sent to PGIMS the next day for the post-mortem. The police suspect the role of a Dalit boy from her village who is also missing from the locality since January 9.
Dr SK Dhattarwal, head of Forensic Medicine in PGIMS, told The Indian Express that as many as 19 injuries were seen on her body during the post-mortem. “It doesn’t seem to be the case of rape by one person. She was probably sexually assaulted by more than two persons. They might have tried to thrust some object in her vagina also. Her liver was found ruptured,” the doctor said.
“There was only a torn shirt on her body. The injuries were all around the body, on the face, neck, lips and chest. It appears that the victim had struggled a lot to escape from the sexual assault. The attackers might have tried to press her mouth also,” added Dhattarwal, who is a senior professor at PGIMS.
The body was found near a canal near village Budha Khera in Jind district on Friday. On the complaint of the village sarpanch, the police lodged an FIR with charges of murder and causing disappearance of offence evidence. According to Dhattarwal, the body was thrown near the canal after she was killed at some other place.
“She was probably killed two to three days before the recovery of her body from the Jind district village. It also appears that she was drowned after the assault. We have sought a report of the scene of crime before giving our final report on her cause of death,” he said.
Safidon (Jind) deputy SP Sunil Kumar said the police suspected a boy from the girl’s village, though, no arrest has been made. “There was a locket with a photo of Sant Ravidas around her neck which helped establish her identity,” he said.
As many as 250 policemen conducted a search around the spot where body was found but could not find any clue from the spot.
The girl was found dead on the outskirts of Panipat district’s Urlana village Sunday morning. Police said the Class VII student was first murdered and then gangraped allegedly by two of her neighbours. Police have arrested the two accused — Pradeep (28) and Sagar (24).
“The accused took her to Pradeep’s house. They first killed the girl, then raped the body. They burnt her clothes in an attempt to destroy evidence,” said Sandeep Singh, SHO of Matlauda police station.