Surat rape victim not from Odisha

The shocking incident was one of several that sparked national outrage and protests over the weekend

A man from Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday approached Surat police claiming that the minor girl, whose body was found here on April 6, might be his daughter. Her body had 86 injury marks, including in injuries in private parts.

The couple is from Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh and has claimed their daughter went missing on October 2017, said police.

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However, Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma has said the identity of the victim and her relation with the man who claims to be her father will be confirmed only after a DNA test is performed on both of them.

They learnt from media reports about the body of a minor girl found by the Surat police at Pandesara. She is from Andhra Pradesh and went missing in October past year. The man said his claim was based on the fact that the photo of his missing daughter matched with that of the victim.

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The Surat Police Surat police on Tuesday said it will verify the man's claims by conducting a DNA. He also furnished the Aadhaar card of his missing daughter.

The deceased girl is believed to be between nine and 11 years old.

The police thought there was a possibility that she might be the daughter of a migrant family from Bengal or Odisha who flock to work in the diamond city.

The case had come to the fore when the entire nation was outraged by the callous treatment of rape cases by the respective BJP governments in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh and Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir. According to the post-mortem report, the police had earlier said that the girl was held captive, tortured and raped before she was killed. Postmortem report indicated that she had been raped and violated with wooden objects.

Police Inspector BK Jhala said the police registered a case of rape and also booked the unidentified accused under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. They had put up over 1,200 posters of the girl across the city and in east-bound trains offering Rs 20,000 to anyone who provides information on the girl.

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