The assailant used such force on her that both her hands were broken from the wrist

Mumbai : Medical examination of the four-year-old girl, who was brutally raped and then murdered at Mankhurd on Sunday night, has revealed that the assailant used such force on her that both her hands were broken from the wrist.

The victim is a resident of Jyotirling Nagar in Mankhurd and used to stay with her parents and three siblings. Her mother is a vendor who sells snacks at Mankhurd railway station and the children would just hang around the place. On Sunday evening, as the mother was preparing to go home after finishing her work at the station, she realised that her daughter was missing. After looking around for her, she finally lodged a missing complaint at Mankhurd police station late at night.

In the early hours of Monday, the girl’s body was found near a swamp on the Sion-Panvel Highway and the police were called to the spot. “We saw that the body was completely naked and there were injury on different parts of her body. The girls skirt was stuffed into her mouth to prevent her from screaming out and her own leggings were used later to strangulate her,” said an officer who visited the scene.

An autopsy examination revealed that the girl was strangulated to death and had been subjected to brutal rape by the culprit. “Even we were shocked to see that both of the girl’s hands were broken from near the wrist area which showed that the assailant had pinned her down with force and this led to the injury,” said a medical expert.  There were also injury marks on her private parts since the girl had not been able to offer any resistance to the rapist,” he explained.

Medical sources said that they have also preserved her vaginal swabs which will help to detect the presence of any fluids that will help them to reach the criminal. “We have also preserved her blood samples since it is possible that some stains might be recovered from the body of the culprit,” he said. The girl’s clothes have been recovered and sent to the forensic laboratory at Kalina to help in detecting any such material. The examination of her body viscera will also reveal if she was made to eat anything by the culprit before committing the heinous crime on her.

Assistant police commissioner, B E Tambe, said that they are still making inquiries and looking for any lead that will help them to solve the case.

“Right now the family is busy with the funeral of the child and they are not in a position to give any details on this matter,” he added. Sources said that they are also looking into the angle of whether she could have gone with someone she knew, since no one realised she

was missing for quite some time.

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