A youth hired to set up the tent for a wedding occasion allegedly raped and murdered a seven-year-old girl in Uttar Pradesh Etah district on Tuesday.
The incident took place at night in Sitalpur village, two kilometers away from Kotwali Nagar police station. The victim’s body was found abandoned in an under construction home, close to the wedding venue.
The accused, Sonu Jatav has been arrested by the police.
As per local media sources, a resident of Sitalpur, the victim along with her parents had come to attend a wedding ceremony. The girl went missing during ‘varmala’ ceremony, while parents kept on searching for her whereabouts.
“Later at around 1.30 am, the unconscious girl was found in semi-naked condition, with strangulation mark on her neck, her abdomen also had blood stains,” it added.
After the incident, the girl was declared brought dead in a local government hospital.
Akhilesh Chaurasia, Superintendent of Police, Etah, said, “The girl’s body has been sent for post-mortem, while the accused has been arrested. Based on the written complaint of the victim’s family, the accused Sonu has been booked under IPC section 302 (murder), 376 (rape) and POCSO act.”
Similar incidents have taken place in neighboring districts of Etah recently.
On April 11, a Dalit girl charged a man of a particular community for allegedly raping her by offering a sedated food in Etah.
On March 17, in Agra, a third-year law student at Agra College raped and murdered an eight-year-old girl. He left her body in the college ground.
A 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped and burnt to death by a 17-year-old neighbor in Malahpur village of Aligarh on March 3 with three separate incidents reported alone in February.