Thursday, 24 Sep 2020

Deaf and mute girl, 14, is gang-raped and murdered

Deaf and mute girl, 14, is gang-raped and murdered at her own school by attackers who battered her face with rocks in latest shocking sex attack in India

  • A 14-year-old, deaf and mute girl was gang-raped and murdered with bricks
  • Balbadda police have detained four people for questioning about the rape  
  • Local government has called for the perpetrators to get the harshest punishment

A 14-year-old, deaf and mute girl was gang-raped and murdered with bricks and stones at her own school in India. 

A child was playing in Uttrita Middle School’s playground in Khirundha when he found the body of the disabled girl who had gone missing the night before, local media reported. 

Hundreds of local villagers gathered and the police found that the ninth grader’s face had been crushed with bricks and stones. 

Balbadda police today detained four people to question about the rape and murder but said they are yet to make a breakthrough in the case. 

Hundreds of outraged locals gathered in Khirundha after the body of a 14-year-old girl was found raped and murdered

Godda SP YS Ramesh told the Times of India that they have to rely on forensic evidence because there are no witnesses. 

Police are still waiting for a post mortem report to reveal whether the child was murdered before or after she was raped.

The victim went missing on Saturday evening and was found dead the next morning sparking outrage in the community. 

Elected representative Deepika Pandey Singh said that what happened to this girl has shaken him and called for those to did it not to be spared.

Local government requested to fast track the case to court and to bring the harshest punishment to anyone involved.  

India was classified the most dangerous place for women in 2018 because of its high levels of domestic and sexual violence. 

The Thomson Reuters Foundation poll of 550 global experts made the classification based on the 33,356 rapes and 89,097 assaults that year. 

Only six days ago local media reported on a 17-year-old girl who was drugged and sexually assaulted by two of her boyfriend’s friends after she eloped with him.

On August 21 a police charge sheet revealed horrific details about the rape and murder of a ten-year-old, disabled girl in Jaipur in May. 

Her brother and three of his friends kidnapped her, raped her while watching pornography and then killed her. 

He confessed to the crime and said he did it because he hated how dependent his disabled sister was on the family and saw her as a burden.  

In 2017 rapes that were recorded to police amounted to 90 a day, according to government data. 

Rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India with the National Crime Records Bureau reporting in 2019 that the number of rape cases doubled in the 17 years between 2001 and 2017.    

The same data showed that every fourth rape victim in India in 2018 was a minor, and over 50 per cent of them were between 18 and 30 years old. 

In just under 94 per cent of rape cases the victims knew their rapists who were often family members, friends, partners or employers.   

And yet India’s National Family Health Survey said that 80 per cent of women who experience sexual violence do not report it. 

In December 2019 American media organisation National Public Radio interviewed activists and experts about why rape is such an issue in India. 

Altamash Khan is an instructor that works with colleges on how to prevent sexual violence and works with nonprofit Men Against Violence and Abuse in Mumbai. 

He told NPR he thinks sexual violence would be reduced if ‘we can chip away at age-old patriarchal values’ and look at ‘the spectrum of violence’ including things like catcalling.  


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