The identity of the girl, who waws raped and tortured, has not been established yet, say Surat police.

Surat:  After no one came forward for 16 days to claim the body of a child raped and murdered in Surat, the police have issued an appeal, asking for help in identifying her. The murder of the girl, who the police said was held captive and tortured, is the latest in a string of cases that sparked protests across the country.

The body of the child, covered in more than 80 injuries, was found earlier this month in a desolate area of the city near a cricket ground. The police suspect that she belongs to one of the many migrant families from Bengal or Odisha, who come to work in the city.

"We are taking the help from other states to solve the case quickly. Looking at the child we feel she could be from Odisha or Bengal. We have already taken DNA samples to fix the identity of the deceased," said city police chief Satish Sharma.

Today, the police published an appeal, asking for help to identify the child, who, they said, was between 9 and 13 years old.Sources said the child might have been tortured for a week. Wooden objects were inserted in her private parts.