Two young cousins out picking vegetables for their family were found dead and violently tortured on Thursday, police say.
Hindustan Times reports that two girls, both 13, were found deceased by their family in Katihar, a village in Bihar, India. According to authorities, the children left their home early Wednesday afternoon to pick gourds for their parents, who are agricultural laborers. When they failed to return home, family members contacted the police and started searching.
The search ended up at a field in at the Chaukia Paharpur Diyara village in Kathihar, where family members discovered the girls’ bodies, with obvious signs of foul play.
“We had a frantic search for them the whole night and on Thursday we found their bodies bearing cut marks at several places including their private parts, suggesting they were murdered after being tortured and raped,” one of the girl’s family members told local media.
Authorities confirmed the girls had bite marks, cuts, and bruising all over their body, including their private areas, News 18 reports. According to Superintendent of Police, Vikas Kumar, the suspects used a sharp object to torture the children.
Their bodies were semi-nude and tied together with a “chunri,” according to The Week.
On Sunday, Katihar police arrested a male suspect in connection with the incident and detained another male for questioning. Their names have not been released.
“One person has been apprehended and is being questioned. Prima facie, signs of rape have been observed, further action will be taken based on postmortem report,” Kumar said.
An Ahmedabad senior police officer added that it’s still unknown if the little girls were raped. The results are pending an autopsy.
“Only after postmortem, we would be in a position to reveal whether the girls were raped before being before killing or not.”
The incident happened in a “crime-infested area,” according to police.
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