The mutilated body of a four-and-a-half-year old girl, who went missing two days ago, was found at a vacant plot near Omaxe Mall on Sohna Road in Gurgaon on Friday.
She was allegedly raped and strangled and there were multiple injuries on the body, including nail and burn marks on the face, police said.
Police discovered the body next to a garbage heap. Her parents, residents of a slum in Sector 49 in front of a Palm Drive high rise, were informed on Saturday morning.
Her father, a labourer, accompanied by family and neighbours rushed to the mortuary in Civil Lines and identified the body.
Her father said the minor had been beaten up. “She had bruises on hands and legs. Her face had cigarette burns,” said the father who hails from Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi district.
The girl went missing on Thursday evening when she was at a nearby temple with her mother and aunt.
Based on her father’s complaint on Thursday, an FIR was registered at Sadar police station against unknown persons for kidnapping.
A post mortem report confirmed that the girl was raped and died due to strangling.
“She had multiple injuries on her body, nail marks on her face. She died of asphyxiation,” said Dr Deepak Mathur, who conducted the autopsy.
Later, police added sections of penetrative sexual assault under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and murder to the FIR.
“We have lodged an FIR after autopsy confirmed rape and murder. We are investigating the case,” said assistant commissioner of police (Sadar) Anil Kumar.
At 2:30 pm on Saturday, angry slum-dwellers blocked Sohna Road and protested.
After a two-hour-long blockade, police calmed down the crowd promised to arrest the culprits soon. In the evening, the girl was buried near the slum where she lived.