A day after her mutilated body was recovered from a vacant plot in southwest Delhi's Dwarka, the Delhi Police have reason to believe that the 17-year-old was brutally murdered because she refused to participate in unnatural sex.
"The victim's post mortem report has revealed that there is no injury on or near her private parts, suggesting that intercourse was consensual and the assailant was known to her. The fact that there is no weapon of offence means that the murder was unplanned and happened due to an immediate and violent altercation," said a senior police officer.
Police suspect she was sodomised after the violent altercation with the accused. The victim's body was recovered from a plot in Sector 14, Dwarka, on January 2. Police said she had been strangulated with the pair of jeans she was wearing before her head was smashed with a stone to prevent identification.
Sources said questioning of prime suspects, including a family friend of the victim's tenants who stay in a room adjacent her house in the Lady Hardinge Hospital servants' quarters, pointed to the fact that only a single assailant instead of a gang may have been behind the crime.
"On Monday, we questioned the tenant family and have detained a man named Devender, who hails from the same village as the tenant. He is our prime suspect and was brought back to the Capital from Kanpur. He had fled in an ambulance belonging to the hospital," the officer said.
Police also refuted the fact that the victim had left her residence to celebrate New Year's Eve at a get together with friends. "Her viscera report states that her stomach was empty. She had not dressed-up in the least — something that any young girl would do before going for a party or get together," said the officer.
One of the victim's neighbours, who identified himself as M.L Kashyap, told HT that she was friends with one of the prime accused.
"She used to go out with Devender quite often only to return late at night. They seemed to be good friends. Many of us saw them leaving the colony together on New Year's Eve but dismissed it as a routine affair," Kashyap said.
Police said they were close to a breakthrough in the case and that one of the prime suspects was likely to be arrested on Monday night.
"We have examined more than 15 suspects including the victim's friends and neighbours since the incident. Four of them, including a friend of the victim's tenants, are prime suspects," said Sharad Aggarwal, DCP (southwest).