Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Police has said that the eight-year-old girl killed in Kathua was raped before she was strangles. The statement was issued by the police to counter a media report and a video circulating on social media claiming that the girl wasn't raped.
The statement said such reports "are far away from truth". The statement said that there had been some reports in media and social sites that were far from true, which is apparently a reference to reports that claimed a second autopsy report contradicted the police version.
"Constrained by this reportage, it is to place on record that on the strength of opinion furnished by medical experts, it has been confirmed that the victim was found subjected to sexual assault by the accused," a statement by the crime branch of Jammu police said.
The statement said further that "the medical expert has also opined that hymen of the victim was not found intact". The statement says based on the medical opinion the charge of gang-rape was added in the case.
The girl went missing on January 10 from a forest while grazing horses. According to investigators, the accused kidnapped her after pretending to help her find her horses.
The 15-page charge-sheet filed by J&K Police says she was held captive for a week and was repeatedly raped before she was finally killed
A crime branch statement had on Saturday said that this allegation was also backed up by the medical report.
"In addition to this, medical opinion has established beyond doubt that the victim was held in captivity and administered sedatives and her cause of death was asphyxia leading to cardio pulmonary arrest," police said.