Lucknow: As the country is simmering with anger over the recent cases of rape and murder, another horrific incident has been reported from Uttar Pradesh. A seven-year-old girl was raped and killed at a village in Etah district of Uttar Pradesh on Monday evening.
Seven-yr-old girl attending a wedding ceremony in UP's Etah distt allegedly raped and strangulated to death by a man hired to set up tents; accused arrested, say police.
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The girl who was attending a wedding function with her parents at a village in Etah was choked to death after being raped by an 18-year-old youth from the same village.
Shockingly, the accused was found lying drunk, right next to the minor’s body.
The incident happened at around 1:30 am, reported NDTV.
The parents of the girl were busy when the accused teen, Sonu, drew her to a half-built house and allegedly raped her. He later allegedly choked her to death.
“He took her inside and raped her and then murdered her. At 1:30 am, some function was on. He took the opportunity to drag her some distance away and rape her,” said the child’s father.
Sonu worked in a tent-house that puts up wedding marquees in the village. The girl’s family was from a nearby village and related to the bride.
When people realised that the girl had been missing for a while, they started a search and found her body and the drunk teen.
“A case has been registered under section 302 (murder) and 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code. And as the victim is a minor, the provision of POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012) is also applicable against the accused, who would now be presented before a court in Etah,” the officer said.
The body of the girl has been sent for a post-mortem examination.
This is the second child rape and killing to be reported in the past few days and the third since the kidnapping, gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir in January.
In Surat, an 11-year-old was raped and murdered and then her body was dumped earlier this month. She had 86 injuries and was also brutalised with blunt objects.
The BJP government in Uttar Pradesh is already fighting public anger over the rape of a teen allegedly by a ruling party lawmaker in Unnao. And now another gang rape case took place in Yogi Raj’s Uttar Pradesh.
The rapes have provoked mass protests across India and a frenzy of hashtags and posts on social media.