Girl found murdered; may have been held captive, raped: Surat Police

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The body of the unidentified girl, believed to be between nine and 11 years, was found in Bhestan locality in Surat and had 86 injury marks.

The police are going via the list of the absent persons to see if the girl's name was mentioned among them.

According to the news from Pandesara area located in Surat, the real identity of the victim is still not known but the child is 11 years old. The report indicated that the girl was perhaps strangulated to death.

Despite the Gujarat Police leaving no stone unturned to trace the identity of 11-year-old girl, who was reportedly murdered after brutal sexual assault for nearly a week, cops are clueless about the girl's family as well as the accused.

"The police commissioner said the investigation has been handed over to the city police's Crime Branch and all efforts are being made to identify the girl".

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The forensic head of the Civil Hospital in Surat said after a five-hour long post-mortem that most of the injuries were caused by a wooden weapon. "The victim's picture has been sent to the state police control room for the identification process".

An eight-year-old girl, belonging to a nomadic Muslim community, was allegedly kidnapped, brutally tortured, gang-raped and then killed in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district in January. A reward of Rs 20,000 has been announced for anyone providing information about the girl or her family.

The rapes and murders in Kathua and Unnao on the other side have been sparked shock and indignation across the whole nation. "Surat Police has registered a case against people who have been spreading such false news to avoid disruption of peace and communal harmony", a statement by Surat Police read.

"As a country, as a society we all are ashamed of it (rapes)", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. The Forensic Science Laboratory team has collected samples and will conduct tests to ascertain if she was sexually assaulted before being murdered. I want to assure that no culprit will be spared, complete justice will be done.

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