Rape-Murder Cases On the Increase in India
Three girls who were attending weddings in India were allegedly raped and subsequently murdered, on Friday, an Indian police report said.
Area police chief Ajay Bhadauria said a nine-year-old who was attending a function in Uttar Pradesh state’s Etah district was sexually assaulted and strangled by one of the cooks hired to prepare food.
Bhadauria said the accused drew the girl away from the function to an isolated place where he committed the crime. He also said that the girl’s body was found in the early hours of Friday and the accused had been arrested.
Meanwhile medical tests to confirm the sexual assault are being conducted.
Another case occurred in the same district on Wednesday, when a seven-year-old girl was taken away from a wedding by a staff member of the tent-decorators, raped and murdered, police said.
The Police also said on Wednesday, an 11-year-old girl was raped and murdered at a wedding in Kabirdham district in the central state of Chhattisgarh.
Local police said the 25-year-old man, who was arrested, admitted to raping the girl and bashing her head with a stone.
In Uttar Pradesh, a 16-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by a ruling party lawmaker, while an eight-year-old girl was gang-raped and murdered in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Indian government is currently facing public anger over the recent cases of rape of young girls, amidst calls for urgent step to be taken on the matter.