A 7-year-old girl on Tuesday went to school but didn’t return home in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur. The girl was later found on Wednesday morning in a field near Laskhman Gate by some locals who alerted the police. Senior police officials, forensic experts reached the spot to investigate the crime and found the girl bleeding profusely. She was rushed to the district hospital from where she was referred to Indore as her condition was stated to be critical. Later the medical reports revealed that she was not only raped but unnatural offences were also committed with her.

“The girl was found with injuries all over her body. She was raped. We rushed her to the hospital but she was referred to Indore for further treatment,” SP Mandsaur, Manoj Singh, was quoted by TOI as saying.

Singh added that a case has been registered and the accused will be nabbed as soon as possible. “Teams were sent across to ascertain the identity of the accused and school authorities were being interrogated,” he was quoted as saying.

On Tuesday minor’s grandfather reached school to pick her up but he was told she had left the school 15 minutes earlier. After waiting for a while and discussing with the school teachers, parents reached out to the police and registered a complaint following which a probe was initiated.

According to NCRB reports, at least 15 women were raped daily somewhere in Madhya Pradesh in 2017. The average number of rape cases in MP increased from 13 last year to 15 in 2017. This grim picture has emerged after the state police registered a total of 4,882 cases of rape, while in 2015 that total number of rape cases was 4,391,- a steady rise.

Over the high number of rape cases in the state, the government has always come up with the argument that registration is more in MP compared to other state but the ground reality also seem to be in far worse condition than that of other states.

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Ankur Taliyan