LUCKNOW: An eight-year-old girl attending a wedding with her parents was raped and strangled in Uttar Pradesh last evening, in a horrific repeat of the Kathua gang-rape and killing that has left India struggling with rage and grief. A child was also raped and murdered in Gujarat’s Surat.
An 18-year-old from the village in Etah where the family was attending the wedding has been arrested. Shockingly, he was found lying drunk, right next to the child’s body.
The incident took place around 1:30 am, during wedding rituals in which loud music was being played. 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. He has been charged under the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences or POCSO Act.