A 35-year-old Dalit widow was allegedly axed to death after being raped by a man of upper caste at Rambas village of Mahendergarh district on Saturday.
The accused identified as Satbir Thakur, 36, a resident of the same village, who was arrested by the police on Saturday. The police have booked him for rape and murder, besides provisions of the SC/ST Act.
The accused had visited the house of victim in the wee hours of Saturday and asked the victim to accompany him to the jungle on pretext of searching his goats. The police said that the accused allegedly raped the victim in the jungle and then axed her to death.
The body was first spotted by women of the village who had gone to the jungle for attending nature's call. The police reached the spot and sent the body for autopsy. Narnaul DSP Jaipal Singh said, "We have recovered the axe used in the crime from the spot designated by the accused and are interrogating him.”