About three weeks after an eight-year-old girl was found to have been raped and tortured in four months of captivity in Noida, an even more shocking case has stunned residents and exposed policing in the district.
The Greater Noida police on Sunday arrested three persons on charges of raping and torturing a minor girl for a year. The police are yet to nab one more accused, a woman, who is at large.
The girl, eight months’ pregnant, has been rescued with several injury marks from Bulandshahr.
About a year ago, two persons had allegedly kidnapped the girl, then 13, from her village. “The police lodged a case after much reluctance, but did not take an action,” the victim’s father said. “Earlier, the police even gave a clean chit to the accused and closed the case,” he added.
“The girl, daughter of a security guard in Mubarakpur village of Greater Noida, is a class 5 student. She has been medically examined and her statement has been recorded,” said a police official.
The victim has said she was gang-raped at several places. “I was not given food for many days. They caned me and burnt me with cigarette butts. I tried to escape many times, but was caught and tortured even more,” she said in a statement.
“A few days ago, I learnt that my daughter was in Bulandshahr. I sought police help and rescued her,” her father said.
“Two persons kidnapped her from the village and raped her. After a few days, they handed her to a woman in Dadri. She further handed her to a person in Bulandshahr. Only the woman has not been arrested,” said a police officer.
Earlier this month, an eight-year-old girl was recovered in Noida with her limbs broken, tongue chopped off and body burnt with cigarette butts.