11-year-old bought as bonded labourer — Surat rape case

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The autopsy report suggested the girl was raped and tortured over eight days before being strangled to death.

The Gujarat government on Friday said the state police had arrested three people, including the main accused, for allegedly raping and murdering an 11-year-old girl in Surat.

The body of the minor girl was found in Surat's Pandesara area on April 6 with 86 injuries, including on the private parts. An investigation has indicated that the woman was the girl's mother, Jadeja said.

Police in Surat claimed that on March 15, Harsayai Gurjar, 35, a labor contractor in marble units, bought the victim and her widowed mother from Gangapur in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, for 35,000 INR ($528).

The local police has registered the case taken the body into the custody for further investigation.

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During questioning, Gurjar confessed to having killed the girl and her mother, said Sharma.

Gurjar was nabbed from Rajasthan after the police detained two other accused Ram Naresh and Hari Gurjar from Surat on Thursday. "With the help of technical force, mobile data and CCTV footage, the movement of the vehicle and accused were traced and they were nabbed", said Gujarat's Home Minister. An Andhra couple claimed she was their daughter, and a DNA test will be conducted to reveal the truth.

"The man said his claim is based on the fact that the photo of his missing daughter matched with that of the victim". About 200 meters away from the girl's body, a woman's desolated body was recovered on April 9.

"Even if rape is not proved in the medical report, the case will be considered as rape as per the law since the victim is a minor", Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma was quoted as saying by Times of India.

However, the police believe that the body of a woman discovered near the crime scene area, three to four days after the minor's body was found, is likely the mother.