In a horrific incident a 17-year-old girl was raped and her body mutilated near a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district, according to reports. She left home on Monday to visit a neighbouring town to fill up a scholarship form. However, when she did not return the family informed the police. “I really don’t know what to say or whom to suspect. She left around 8.30 am on Monday. We do not suspect anyone,” said her uncle according to NDTV. This is the second such incident from the same district, where recently a girl was raped and she was thrown in the fields outside the village.
Her post-mortem confirmed rape, Superintendent of Police Satendra Kumar Singh said according to the DNA. The girl, a class 12 student, had gone to a neighbouring town to fill a scholarship form and only when she didn’t return her parents alerted the police.
On August 15, a 13-year-old girl was raped and strangled. Her body was found in a sugarcane field that reportedly belonged to one of the accused. Two men from her village have been so far arrested.
Multiple Rapes in Lakhimpur Kheri
This district has reported a number of gruesome rape cases. The rape case from 15th August, 2020 where the girl was raped and left in the fields to die. In 2019, in Gola village of the district, a six-year-old girl was raped by a boy from class eighth. The rapist allegedly knew the victim and lured her with sweets. Times Now reported the medical examination of the survivor had confirmed sexual assault.
In July 2020, a rape survivor from the Dalit community in the Lakhimpur Kheri district died by suicide according to a report by Jansatta. The girl ended her life as she was being harassed by the rape accused’s family.
UP Crime Rate on the Rise
The annual report of the National Crime Bureau Data (NCRB) shows a rape case is registered with the UP police every two hours and the state sees a crime against a child every 90 minutes. As per the data available for 2018, 144 girls below the age of eighteen were reportedly raped in 2018 against 139 in 2017.