16-yr-old girl found on Alwar bridge wasn’t raped or abducted: Police

A 16-year-old girl with mental illness was found in a critical condition on an overbridge in Alwar on Tuesday night. The Rajasthan Human Rights Commission has taken suo-moto cognizance of the case.
The 16-year-old Alwar rape survivor was admitted to a local hospital in critical condition and the same night, was referred to a hospital in Jaipur for treatment. The girl later underwent surgery and her condition is stable now. (Representational Image/Getty Images/iStockphoto/File)
The 16-year-old Alwar rape survivor was admitted to a local hospital in critical condition and the same night, was referred to a hospital in Jaipur for treatment. The girl later underwent surgery and her condition is stable now. (Representational Image/Getty Images/iStockphoto/File)
Updated on Jan 15, 2022 01:53 AM IST
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JAIPUR: The Rajasthan police on Friday said that the minor girl with mental illness, who was found in a critical condition on an overbridge in Alwar on Tuesday night, was not raped or abducted but reached the Tijara Bridge on her own. The 16-year-old girl was admitted to a local hospital in critical condition and the same night, taken to a hospital in Jaipur for treatment. The girl later underwent surgery and her condition is stable now.

Superintendent of Police, Alwar, Tejaswani Gautam said, “The panel of doctors submitted a report to the police in which they have said that injuries are not suggestive of any penetrative assault... So far, facts and technical information of medical experts suggest that there is no possibility of rape in the case.”

Gautam also said the police have traced the route taken by the girl from her village to the city. “We found that the driver and the auto she travelled in along with 8-10 other passengers. The forensic science team searched the auto and found nothing suspicious. We have also questioned the driver. Now the passengers in the auto will be questioned. The girl travelled around 25 km from village and reached Alwar City in the auto. From there, she walked towards the bridge,” she said.

The medical report of the girl has not come yet and several police teams are investigating the case, she said.

Police said that after scanning footage of over 250 CCTV cameras it was found that the girl visited many areas of the city and in one video, was seen sitting on the footpath. “In one of the videos, she is seen walking towards the bridge but there is no camera on the bridge where she was found in distressed condition,” she said.

Police said apart from the CCTV footage and from the statement of the auto driver and other people of the area, they have not found anything suspicious. “Now the investigation is happening to find what happened around the bridge,” another police officer said.

Child psychologist and experts in dealing with specially-abled persons also interacted with the minor to get any information related to what happened with her. But she didn’t respond as she was in pain. The police are now preparing a questionnaire which will be asked through the experts.

The Rajasthan State Human Rights Commission has already taken suo-moto cognizance of the case and sought reports from the Alwar district administration and Jaipur’s JK Lone Hospital for a report. The Alwar superintendent of police has been told to submit a factual report by January 18 and arrest the culprits involved in the crime.

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    Sachin Saini is Principal Correspondent with HT Rajasthan edition. He covers politics, tourism, forest, home, panchayati raj and rural development, and development journalism.

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