The horrific gang rape of a 15-year-old girl has shocked India after it was revealed she suffered a ruptured liver and lungs as her aggressors took turns mutilating her.
The lower-class Dalit child from the northern Indian state of Haryana went missing on Tuesday after she left home for school.
She was found dead on Saturday with 19 serious injuries to her body – which police say indicate she was tortured.
‘At least four men are suspected to be behind the crime,’ said district police chief Abhishek Garg.
‘A massive search is underway to arrest the perpetrators’, he added.
Her liver and lungs had been ruptured and an object had been jammed into her privates, doctors said.
The school girl’s half-naked body was found near a canal about 100 kilometres away from her home near the city of Kurukshetra.
She was discovered wrapped in a torn shirt with wounds on her face, neck, lips and chest.
A post mortem also suggested at least four people had been involved in her rape and torture. It also confirmed she had suffered drowning.
Police said they believe she died two days before she was discovered, reports NDTV.
‘The body had many injury marks, the private parts were mutilated and there were lots of internal injuries,’ said SK Dattarwal, a doctor from the Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences.
‘Signs of sexual assault are visible and it looks like at least four people were responsible, a hard and blunt thing was inserted inside her, signs of drowning also found.’
He said it was apparent that the girl had struggled to escape but was gagged, and someone sat on her chest.
SOURCE: ALEX GREEN