A group of Indian men stood by and filmed an assaulted 12-year-old girl who was lying in a field and asking for help.
In a viral video, a group of men can be seen surrounding an injured 12-year-old girl and filming her with their mobile phones in Uttar Pradesh’s Kannauj district in India.
The girl was reportedly soaked in blood and had severe injuries on her arms and head. She was found lying on a field on the premises of a government guest house in the district, according to police.
In the video, the girl can be seen reaching out for help as the men dismiss her appeals and film her from different angles.
It is unclear how long the girl was lying on the ground before the police arrived.
In a separate viral video, a police officer can be seen carrying the child and rushing to flag down an auto rickshaw to bring her to a hospital.
“The minor girl was found injured and the local police rushed her to the hospital for treatment,” Superintendent of Police Kunwar Anupam Singh reportedly said.
According to Singh, the girl is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Kanpur.
She reportedly went out to buy a piggy bank on Sunday afternoon. Her parents mounted a search when she did not return home.
On Tuesday, the Uttar Pradesh police registered a complaint based on the statements of the victim’s parents. Her family alleges that she was lured and sexually assaulted by a stranger. When she resisted, the perpetrator hit her head with a brick before fleeing the scene.
Police have recovered the brick used and are reviewing CCTV footage in the area, according to reports. In one of the camera’s footage, the victim was reportedly seen walking behind a man.
“It appears the youth had accompanied the minor. The identity of youth is being ascertained,” the police said.
A prima facie case of rape and attempted murder has been registered against an unknown man.
“Prima facie a first information report (FIR) has been registered against an unknown person under sections 376 (rape) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant provisions under the protection of children from sexual offences (POCSO) Act,” Singh reportedly said.