The most cases of women and girls going missing between 2019 and 2021 were recorded in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Digital Desk: A 12-year-old girl who had been raped and was bleeding heavily went door to door asking for help. Though people were staring, nobody rushed help to her. She was spotted approaching one man for help and he was seen shooing her away.
The visuals, which no longer shock a society where violence against women and minors has become chillingly common, were caught on CCTV camera at Badnagar road, about 15 km from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh.
The girl eventually found an ashram after traversing the streets with a rag that barely covered her. There, a priest saw signs of sexual assault, covered her with a towel, and hurried her to the local hospital. The medical examination confirmed rape.
The girl was taken immediately to Indore due to her severe injuries. When she needed blood, police personnel came forward. Her condition is now learnt to be stable.
She was unable to respond properly when a senior police officer asked for her name and address.
The unnamed accused is the subject of a rape case that the police have filed. Additionally, the strict Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) has been invoked.
A special team has been put together, according to Ujjain police head Sachin Sharma, to identify and capture the offenders as soon as possible. "Raped was, confirmed by the medical examination. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been established, and we are constantly monitoring this. We urge the public to contact the police if they have any information," Mr Sharma said.
In response to a query on the crime scene, the officer stated, "This is being investigated. Soon, we would have the information."
"The girl was unable to inform us of her specific hometown. However, her accent reveals that she is from the Uttar Pradesh city of Prayagraj," he continued.
The horrific tragedy has once again brought Madhya Pradesh's horrible history of violence against women to light.
The most cases of women and girls going missing between 2019 and 2021 were recorded in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Additionally, according to data from the National Crime Records Bureau, Madhya Pradesh reported the most cases of rape in the nation in 2021—6,462. Of those, crimes against minors accounted for more than 50% of them. This amounts to 18 rapes every day.