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A 13-year-old girl was raped and killed and her body was dumped in a field by her sick attackers.
The horrifying incident took place in the Uttar Pradesh district of Lakhimpur Kheri, India, on Friday, August 14.
The girl's grieving dad claims she had been strangled, her eyes gouged out and her tongue cut off – although police have disputed this claim, according to Indian broadcaster NDTV.
Her body was discovered in a sugar cane field near the Nepalese border, police confirmed.
The authorities added that a post-mortem showed signs of rape and strangulation.
Politicians in India have condemned the "inhuman" attack with one former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh calling it "extremely shameful".
Two arrests have now been made in relation to the incident, authorities confirmed.
The girl had gone missing on Friday afternoon. "We went looking for her everywhere. Found her in the sugarcane field. Her eyes had been gouged out.
"Her tongue was cut and strangled with a dupatta (scarf)," the girl's dad said.
The superintendent of Police of Kheri Satendra Kumar said: "Her eyes were not gouged and tongue was not cut. The claim is not true.
"There is nothing in the post-mortem report to suggest this.
"There were scratches near the eyes, likely due to the sharp sugarcane leaves where the body was found."
The district police chief added: "The girl's post mortem has confirmed rape.
"The two accused had been arrested already. We will file charges for rape, murder and also under the National Security Act."
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati condemned the incident on Twitter calling it "extremely shameful".
She wrote: "What is the difference between the governments of the Samajwadi Party and the present BJP if such incidents keep happening?"
India has come under fire in the past for its record of dealing with sex crimes.
In 2018, 85% of reported rapes led to charges, but only 27 % led to a conviction, according to government figures.
In 2017, around 30% of reported victims were children.
The subject has been in the spotlight since the mass demonstrations that followed the gang rape and murder of a student in New Delhi in 2012.
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