An eight-year-old girl was raped and strangled to death, allegedly by her former tuition teacher, in Khayala area of west Delhi around 11.45 pm on Monday.
The accused, Deepak Kumar Yadav, allegedly lured the child, a Class III student of a government school, out of her house with the promise of giving her “a pair of rabbits.”
After raping his former pupil at his residence at Khayala’s Ravi Nagar area, Yadav strangled her to death and then smashed her head with a stone, according to the police.
Deputy Commissioner of police (west Delhi) Sharad Aggarwal said: “The victim was missing since Monday evening.”
“Her father Rajeshwar Ram searched for her in the nearby areas but could not find her. He then came to know that she was last seen with her ex-tutor Deepak Kumar Yadav,” Aggarwal added.
When Ram asked Yadav about her, he did not give any answer and instead began quarrelling with him. Ram and Yadav work in a plastic goods manufacturing factory at Khayala; around two months ago, Yadav had taught the victim.
Ram lodged a missing complaint regarding his daughter with the Khayala police station after which the police detained Deepak.
During interrogation, Deepak broke down and allegedly “confessed” to his crime.
“Deepak told the police that he had lured the girl on pretext of giving her a pair of rabbits. He then took her to his rented accommodation where he raped her and then strangled her to death. Deepak also hit her face with a stone,” said Aggarwal.
Later, Deepak buried her body behind Park Hospital in Sant Nagar area, Aggarwal added.
At around 6.30 am on Tuesday, the police investigating team reached the spot and dug out the child’s body.
The body was later sent to Deen Dyal Upadhayay Hospital and rape and murder charges were lodged against Deepak, originally from Allahabad.