A seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped and then murdered in Etmadpur area of Agra district. Her body, naked and bleeding from the abdomen, was found on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday at primary school premises, about 300 metres from her home. Police suspect the victim’s father to be involved.
The victim lived with her father, a poor labourer and her brother, who is nine, in a tent in Etmadpur. Her mother had died six years ago, a year after her birth. She was sleeping in the tent when the incident happened. According to police, she had been smothered to death.
Deputy superintendent of police Akhilesh Narayan Singh said, “The girl’s body was found without any clothes on it and she was bleeding from the abdomen area. The post-mortem report has confirmed smothering as the cause of death but sexual assault cannot yet be ascertained. The viscera has been preserved for further examination.”
He added, “Prima facie it seems that someone very close to girl killed her. We are collecting some more evidence before we arrest the culprit.”
According to police, it was the father who first made a distress call to police at around 3:30 am about the girl having gone missing. The search for her began when police reached the tent. Along with the father, they found her dead at the school premises.
“It was the father who led the police to the victim’s body. We suspect his involvement and will question him once the girl is cremated. Since the 9-year-old elder brother was also there in the same tent, his statement will be very important in the case,” said a senior police official.
Originally published in The Times of India
Source of news : Indiatimes