Family members cremate 10-year-old

A 10-year-old girl who was murdered and her body recovered in Sector 52 on December 1, was cremated in Sector 25 on Tuesday. The funeral procession was conducted peacefully following two days of protest by the residents of Palsora.

The body was brought to the cremation ground at 11.30 am. Around 200 villagers accompanied the family of the deceased. The last rites were conducted by Ram Verma, the father of the girl. Around 100 police personnel were deployed to maintain law and order. High drama was witnessed on Monday when Verma refused to cremate the body of his daughter. He wanted to take the body to the village first. Later, the Chandigarh Police agreed to the demand.

The post-mortem report showed that the girl was sexually assaulted before she was murdered. According to police sources, vaginal injury, injuries on the neck and six other injuries were found on her body. It is yet to be ascertained whether she was forced to undergo intercourse and that will be confirmed after the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) gives its findings on the vaginal swabs which will be sent by the Chandigarh Police.

"The medical report states that she had a vaginal injury, which means either a foreign object was used to violate her or she was forced to undergo intercourse. Since no semen has been found in the post-mortem report, we will be sending vaginal swabs of the deceased to a forensic lab, which will confirm whether she was forced to undergo intercourse. However, as per the amended law, both situations would be tantamount to rape," said a senior police officer of the Chandigarh Police.

A resident of Palsora village, the victim was reported to have gone missing on November 27 after she did not return home till late evening. Later, the Chandigarh Police found her body in a jute sack near the forest area in Sector 52. A plastic rope was found tied around her neck suggesting that she was strangled. A case of murder was registered.

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