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Girl found injured, cops suspect rape

A 20-year-old girl was found critically injured from behind a government high school in Bagbera, Jamshedpur, early on Monday with police suspecting rape.

The girl, whose identity could not be ascertained as she is yet to come to her senses, was initially rushed to MGM Medical College and Hospital, but was later shifted to Tata Main Hospital in the evening.

Police said that the doctors had not yet conducted medical tests on her to find out whether she had been sexually assaulted, as their prime concern was now to save her life.

However, the nature of her injuries, the state in which she was found and a few recoveries made from the crime scene suggest that she had been dragged to the isolated spot adjacent to Rajendra Vidyalaya, raped all night and left to die after being bludgeoned with a heavy object.

“A patrol team informed us about the injured girl and we rushed to the spot around 5am. We found her lying unconscious behind the boundary wall of Rajendra Vidyalaya in Bagbera and took her to hospital. She is still alive, but we have not been able to find out her identity as she is not in her senses,” said officer-in-charge of Bagbera police station Shailendra Kumar.

According to Kumar, the girl, who appears to hail from a good family, seems to have been raped. “The state of her clothes suggests that she might have been sexually assaulted. However, that can be confirmed only after medical examination. She has to be treated first. A portion of her face and skull had been badly damaged. Her right ear has ruptured and blood is still oozing out from a deep wound on the earlobe,” the officer added, saying the girl was removed to Tata Main Hospital around 5pm for better treatment.

Police also found a couple of liquor bottles near the spot where the victim was found.

“It may have happened that some criminals abducted her and took her behind the school, where she was raped all night. The men then attacked her with a heavy object and left the spot, thinking she was dead,” a policeman said.

Doctors on emergency duty at MGM Medical College and Hospital, where the girl was first taken to, also said that the girl might have been raped. “First, we have to save the girl. Unless she recovers and comes to her senses, we won’t be able to know what had happened and the circumstances leading to her death,” said the officer-in-charge.