India became the victim to another rape case this Friday. A 13-year-old girl was brutally raped and strangled to death in Uttar Pradesh. Two neighbors in the village have been arrested by the police.
As per a report by NDTV, the horrific incident took place on Friday, around 130 km from Lucknow, in a village close to the Nepal border. While her body was found in the fields of one of the accused.
“Police have registered an FIR against Sanjay Kumar and Santosh under IPC section 302 (murder) and SC/ST Act at Isanagar police station and both the accused were detained on Saturday. Later, section 376d (gang-rape) and POCSO were added to the FIR after an autopsy confirmed the sexual assault.” read TOI’s report.
Station House Officer SHO Isanagar told TOI, “The accused Sanjay had a tiff with the girl’s family over defecating in his farmland in the past. The girl was found in his cane field and family had named him in their complaint. During interrogation, Sanjay has accepted to have killed the girl along with Santosh, who is also a Dalit. The eyes of the girl were not gouged out but there were visible injuries on her eyes caused by sharp sugarcane leaves”
According to recent crime figures, every fourth rape victim in India is a child. In an overwhelming number of rape cases, the victims know the perpetrators. Many on social media have expressed their views and concerns about the happening.