Two suspects have been arrested over the death of a 13 year old girl after being raped in Northern Uttar Pradesh State in India on Saturday.
The suspects, who are neighbours to the girl, strangled and raped the girl.
The body of the 13 year old girl was found in a sugarcane field in Uttar Pradesh and her body was mutilated.
According to Police report, the incident occured on Friday in Pakaria village in the Lakhimpur Kheri district of India.
Reports say, that the family of the girl went searching for her after she failed to return home from a toilet break out in the fields.
Father of the girl, said his daughter had her eyes gouged out and her tongue cut.
A Senior Member of the Opposition Congress Party, Jitin Prasada, condemned the attack and referred to it as saddening.
A police Spokesman said the post-mortem examination had concluded that she had died from strangulation after being raped “but not that her eyes had been gouged out or that her tongue had been cut”.
“There were scratches near the eyes, likely due to the sharp sugarcane leaves where the body was found”, the police added.
Rape and sexual violence have been under the spotlight in India since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in the capital, Delhi.
That attack led to huge protests and changes to the country’s rape laws, but there has been no sign of crimes against women and girls abating.
According to recent crime figures, every fourth rape victim in India is a child and in an overwhelming number of rape cases, the victims know the perpetrators.