Many across India have been left angered after police confirmed a 12-year-old girl whose beheaded body was found last week in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh, India, had been raped by her three brothers and uncle.
Police said they have arrested two of the accused brothers and the uncle, and they have confessed to the crime. They told the cops that they had gang-raped the minor at the uncle’s house and chopped off her head to conceal her identity.
According to the police, the eldest brother, 22-year-old, did not let the girl go to school and instead took her to their uncle’s house in Banda town of Sagar, where he raped her first.
The two other brothers – aged 17 and 19 – then took turns to allegedly rape the girl. Their 40-year-old uncle also joined in and raped her, police said.
The autopsy report has revealed that the accused also engaged in unnatural sex with the victim.
After the rape, when the girl asked her brothers to tell her family about the incident, they beheaded her with a sickle and dumped the body in a farm, the cops said.
According to the police, the eldest brother has confessed that he had also raped her in the past and threatened to kill her if she told anyone. He is still on the run, they added.
The girl’s aunt, after learning about the rape and murder, did not try to save her and instead allegedly became an aide to her husband and nephews.
She helped the four concoct a false story behind girl’s alleged abduction and murder, pining the blame on a local family.
The family had earlier alleged that the girl was kidnapped and murdered by a rival Kurmi family due to an old feud.
On Thursday, almost eight hours after the girl’s family reported she hadn’t returned from school, her headless body was recovered from Banda town.
Senior police officer Amit Sanghi told NDTV: “Our two senior officers collected all evidence and recorded the statements of the family members. When everything was pieced together, we found that she was raped and murdered by her brothers and uncle. We arrested the uncle and one of the brothers.”
The police have recovered the blood soaked clothes of the girl and the weapon used in the crime.
Changes in the law have been promised by the government but little has been done to protect women and girls ever since protests erupted after the horrific rape and killing of a student on a New Delhi bus in 2012 that made global headlines.
Nearly 1.4 million crimes against women were reported in the past five years. Of the 325,000 reported in 2016, 36,500 were rape cases.
Experts say that official figures are just the tip of the iceberg as many survivors prefer not to come forward.
Many are shunned by their families and friends if they do, leaving them to fend for themselves.