13-Year-Old Raped & Strangulated in UP; Father Alleges Her Eyes Gouged Out and Tongue Cut, But Cops Deny

Two men were arrested after a minor Dalit girl was raped and murdered in Lakhimpur Kheri District, Uttar Pradesh. The 13-year-old girl’s body was found in a sugarcane field that belonged to one of the accused, police said on Saturday.

The girl’s father said that her eyes were gouged out, her tongue was cut and she was strangled, according to a report by NDTV. The horrific incident happened on Friday, under the Isanagar police station limits, police said.

The victim had gone missing on Friday afternoon, and the father said that they had started looking for her when she did not return till late evening. Eventually, he said, she was found in a sugarcane field with her eyes gouged out. He added that her tongue was cut out and she was strangled with a dupatta.

They noticed some dragging marks near a sugarcane field and found her body, the police said. The girl’s father has denied enmity with anyone in the village, they said.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Dhaurahra, Abhishek Pratap along with Isanagar police officials rushed to the spot and carried out preliminary investigations which led to the arrest of two men on Friday night, they added.

“On the complaint by the deceased’s father, two youths identified as Sanjay and Santosh have been arrested,” DSP Pratap told PTI. An FIR has been registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code besides the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and the SC/ST Act, he said. A few media reports also said that the National Security Act would be slapped against the accused.

Pratap denied reports about injuries to the girl’s eyes and tongue. The post-mortem conducted by a panel of doctors showed no such thing, he said. “The post-mortem report stated the cause of the girl’s death was strangulation after rape,” he said.

Satyendra Kumar, SP, Lakhimpur Kher also said that the claims about the eyes being gouged out and tongue being purposely slit were false. He said there was some blood near the victims’ eye at the time the body was discovered, but that it could have happened due to a cut from the sharp leaves in the sugarcane field. He added that in cases of strangulation, the victim’s tongue is often caught between the teeth. Kher said the post mortem report of the girl confirmed that she had been raped.

Mayawati condemned the incident on Twitter, saying – “After the rape of a Dalit minor in Pakariya village of Lakhimpur Kheri, UP, her brutal killing, is extremely sad and shameful. What was the difference between such incidents in the SP and the present BJP government? The government should take strict action against the culprits of Kheri along with Azamgarh, BSP demands.”

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