A six-year-old boy was allegedly murdered and then his body hanged from a tree, after a suspected sexual assault, at a secluded spot in south Delhi's Dhaula Kuan area, police said on Wednesday.
The boy went missing on Tuesday evening and a case of abduction was registered at the South Campus police station, said a senior police officer.
According to the police, the incident came to light around 11:45am on Wednesday when a passer-by saw the semi-nude body of the boy hanging from a tree and called up the police control room.
The limbs of the body were also bound together with rope.
A police team rushed the boy to hospital, where he was declared dead.
A message was sent to all police stations and it emerged that a boy of similar age was reported missing from a slum cluster in Delhi University's south campus area on Tuesday evening.
The parents of the missing boy later identified the body. Preliminary investigations suggests that the boy was allegedly strangled in the wee hours of Wednesday, after a suspected sexual assault suggested by the condition of the clothes, and then hanged from a tree according to senior officers.
The body has been sent for post-mortem examination and the report shall bring to fore the time and cause of death, and also whether the boy was sexually assaulted, said the officer.
The case was later transferred from south west district of Delhi Police -- which covers the area where the body was found -- to South district, where the abduction case was already registered and other relevant sections were added to the existing FIR, said the officer.