In a shocking video that surfaced online on Wednesday, a 12-year-old rape survivor was seen walking from door to door seeking help, in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain.
The video showed the minor in a semi-naked state and bleeding, as she sought help, only to be shooed away by the residents.
People stared at her but refused to help. One man was seen shooing her away as she approached him for help.
Trigger Warning: The following visuals are graphic, viewer discretion is advised.
#Unfortunate : 12 year old girl was raped, walking on road for 2 Hrs…. Nobody came forward to help her.#Mamaji … Ladali behana ke liye kuchh karenge?#Ujjain #MadhyaPradesh #ShivrajSinghChouhan #Elecciones2023 @Rajesh15183 @ActivistSandeep pic.twitter.com/h5awbGz4Bi— Atul Chhabra (@AttiAtul) September 27, 2023
The visuals were captured by a CCTV camera at Badnagar road, about 15 km from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh.
The girl, wandering the streets in a rag barely covering her, eventually reached an ashram.
A priest there suspected that an act of sexual violence had been committed, covered her with a towel and rushed her to the district hospital.
The medical examination of the 12-year-old confirmed rape.
‘The medical examination has confirmed rape. We have formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) and closely following this. We appeal to the people to inform police if they get any information,’ a police officer said.
On a question on the location where the crime took place, the officer said, ‘This is being investigated. We would come up with the information soon.’
‘The girl was not able to tell us exactly where she is from. But her accent suggests she is from Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh,’ he added.
Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have reported the highest number of cases of disappearance of women and girls between 2019 and 2021.
Madhya Pradesh also reported most incidents of rapes in the country in 2021, 6,462, as per the National Crime Records Bureau data.
Out of them, more than 50 per cent were crimes against minors. The number translates to 18 rapes per day.
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