Jind: In a rerun of Delhi's shocking Nirbhaya case, a teenager was gang-raped and her body mutilated in Haryana's Jind, triggering concerns over the safety of girls and women in the BJP-ruled state.
According to reports, the 15-year-old girl had gone missing since she left home for tuition last week. Her mutilated body was found dead in Jind on Saturday with severe injuries and signs of brutality.
The girl's body was covered just by a torn shirt, and there were injury marks on her face, neck, lips and chest.
According to preliminary probe, the girl's was sexually assaulted and her private parts were mutilated.
"The body had many injury marks, private parts were mutilated and there were a lot of internal injuries. Signs of sexual assault are visible and looks like 3-4 people were responsible. A hard and blunt thing was inserted inside her. Signs of drowning were also found," Dr SK Dattarwal from PGI Rohtak was quoted as saying by reports.
An FIR was registered under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Haryana Police constituted two special investigation teams to probe the case and trace the culprits.
The victim's body was sent to a forensic lab in Rohtak for an autopsy.
The family of the girl has demanded justice for their daughter and urged the authorities to nab the culprits at the earliest.
"My daughter was kidnapped and raped. The culprits should be punished, we want justice for her. If the administration had done its job well, an incident like this would have never happened," father of the victim said.
The incident brings back the memories of the brutal 2012 Nirbhaya case in which a para-medical student and her male companion were brutally tortured, sexually abused and thrown on the road to die by the accused in a cold winter night of December 16.
The victim, who later came to be addressed by the nation as 'Nirbhaya', died several days after battling her injuries.
However, this is not the only case of gang-rape, which was reported in Haryana. In Panipat, an 11-year-old girl was raped, strangled and raped again after she was dead, allegedly by two neighbours who have been arrested.
The girl was kidnapped on Saturday when she left her house to dump garbage.
In another case, a 22-year-old woman was kidnapped and gang-raped for two hours in an SUV in Faridabad.
The fresh incidents of rapes have jolted Haryana just days after ML Khattar government took pride in announcing the most heartening sex ratio - 914 girls to 1,000 boys - in the state ever.
These incidents of rapes have also dealt a big blow to Haryana government's much publicised "beti bachao, beti padao'' (save daughters, educate them)" campaign, which has shown a vast improvement.
(With Agency inputs)