Probe Into Surat Rape Case Finds That 11-YO Victim And Her Mother Were Sold For Just Rs 35,000

Ahmedabad police crime branch on Friday claimed to have cracked the case of rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl, whose body had been recovered in Surat on April 6, by arresting the prime accused from Rajasthan. During preliminary probes, it was found that the girl and her widowed mother — from Gangapur in Rajasthan — had been bought by the accused forjust Rs 35,000 to be used as bonded labourers.

Reuters

The recovery of the girl’s body having 87 injury marks, including severe ones in her private parts inflicted by sticklike object, sent shockwaves and triggered widespread outrage across the country. Harsayai Gurjar (35) was arrested from Gangapur in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district, while three others, including Harsayai’s brother Harisinh, and two other brothers — Naresh and Amarsinh Gurjar — were detained on Friday, crime branch officials said.

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