Lakhimpur Kheri rape-murder victim’s eyes weren’t gouged out, tongue not chopped — UP Police

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Lucknow: Two persons were arrested Sunday by the Uttar Pradesh Police for the brutal rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl in Lakhimpur Kheri district Friday.

The post mortem report has confirmed the victim was sexually assaulted, but allegations that the girl’s eyes were gouged out and her tongue chopped off are wrong, according to Additional Superintendent of Police, Lakhimpur Kheri, Arun Kumar Singh.

Singh told ThePrint that the girl sustained an injury just below her eye, possibly due to friction with the sharp leaves of sugarcane in the field where the rape was committed.

He said the arrested men, Sanjay Gautam and Santosh Yadav, both in their early twenties, have confessed to the crime. Both men are residents of the same village as the girl — Pakaria in the Isanagar area.

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Sequence of events

The 13-year-old Dalit girl had left her home around 10 am to go to the fields, but when she didn’t return for a while, her family members started looking for her. They found the girl’s body in a sugarcane field on the outskirts of the village, and the local media had reported that both her eyeballs appeared to be ruptured and her tongue looked like it was pierced with a sharp object.

She seemed to have been throttled by a black dupatta.

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