A 6-year-old was raped and murdered in Haryana’s Hisar district on Friday night. While no arrests have been made yet, the Hisar Police have registered a case and formed a Special Investigation Team to look into the rape and murder, Deputy Superintendent of Police Jitender Kumar said.
The family had initially refused to cremate her body but performed the last rites on Sunday after the police assured them that the offenders would be caught soon.
The mother of the six-year-old said that she had gone to bed with three of her children and it is only after she woke up in the morning that she found one of them missing.
The child had allegedly been kidnapped from her home. A passer-by came across the child’s immobile body on a deserted street on Saturday. After the autopsy, doctors at Hisar Civil Hospital found that the rapists had inserted a wooden stick inside the girl’s private parts, which had ruptured her intestines. She also had multiple injuries and scratch marks all over her body.
"When the body was handed over to us it was soaked in blood," said a kin of the girl.
Local shops were closed on Saturday and residents of Uklana village, where the incident took place, staged protests in the evening.
According to reports, Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, party's Hisar MLA Kamal Gupta and other leaders were also present at the cremation ground.
"The Khattar government is sleeping while incidents of rape and murder take place every other day," said senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala.
Former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda blamed the incidents on the “failing” law and order machinery of the state government.
“The incident was a chilling reminder of the December 16 gangrape case in Delhi in 2012 involving a young woman,” said Hooda.
Following the incident, organisations including AIDWA, AIDMAM, AIPWA, AIMSS, NFIW, Saheli, Purogami Mahila Sangathan, Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan, RDAM, Swastik Mahila Samiti and WSS, have called for a protest demonstration in Delhi on December 12, in front of Haryana Bhavan.
“Such rape culture, combined with a culture of impunity for violence against Dalits and women, fosters incidents of the kind witnessed in Hisar,” said the event’s Facebook page.