In a distressing incident captured on camera, a 12-year-old girl, raped and bleeding, desperately seeks help from indifferent bystanders.
Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh – September 28, 2023: In a harrowing incident, a 12-year-old girl, battered, raped, and bleeding, roamed the streets of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, seeking help from passersby who chose to look away. The heart-wrenching visuals of this traumatic episode were recorded by a nearby CCTV camera on Badnagar road, located approximately 15 kilometers from Ujjain.
The young girl, clad in tattered clothes barely concealing her injuries, approached one person after another, desperately pleading for assistance. Shockingly, her cries fell on deaf ears, and one man even callously shooed her away as she sought refuge.
Her desperate journey eventually led her to an ashram, where a compassionate priest recognized the signs of sexual violence, immediately covering her with a towel and rushing her to the district hospital. Tragically, the medical examination confirmed her worst fears – she had been brutally raped.
Given the severity of her injuries, the young survivor was swiftly transferred to a hospital in Indore. It was here that a glimmer of humanity emerged, as police personnel stepped forward to donate blood for her treatment. Thankfully, her condition is reported to be stable at present.
However, when authorities attempted to gather information about the girl, her trauma had left her unable to provide coherent answers. A case of rape against an unknown assailant has been registered, invoking the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
Sachin Sharma, the Police Chief of Ujjain, announced the formation of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) dedicated to identifying and apprehending the perpetrators as swiftly as possible. He urged the public to come forward with any information related to the incident.
Regarding the precise location of the crime, Sharma stated that investigations were ongoing, with updates to follow shortly. He also mentioned, “The girl was not able to tell us exactly where she is from. But her accent suggests she is from Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh.”
This horrifying incident has once again cast a glaring spotlight on Madhya Pradesh’s alarming track record of violence against women. Between 2019 and 2021, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra reported the highest number of cases of women and girls disappearing. In 2021, Madhya Pradesh topped the nation’s rape statistics with 6,462 reported cases, over half of which involved minors, equating to an alarming 18 rapes per day, according to data from the National Crime Records Bureau.
This distressing incident serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need to address and combat gender-based violence in India.