A 55-year-old widower is on the run from the police after he was found to have persistently raped his minor daughter over several years and murdered her when she became pregnant for a second time.
The body of the 16-year-old girl was found in a field outside Kurra village under Mohania police station in Kaimur district of south-western Bihar, on Wednesday.
Subsequent investigations revealed the man had also raped his eldest daughter, now married, and his daughter in law, over a period of time. Both have confirmed this to the police.
Police sources said it had been 'established beyond doubt' that girl had been killed by her own father, Prasad Mali, a resident of Chhotki Devkali village, also located under the Mohania PS.
"Her father was raping her since she was 13. On Tuesday, Mali escorted the girl out of the village, saying he was taking her to her maternal uncle. The next day, her body was found", said Mohania SHO Mithilesh Jaiswal.
Details pieced together on the basis of interrogation of Mali's eldest of three daughters and his daughter in law have brought out a shocking tale of his incestuous predations, since his wife died about seven years ago.
A drunkard, Mali set upon his second daughter after the first one moved away after marriage and his son and daughter in law took a separate home in protest against his amorous activity.
"When his second daughter became pregnant about two years ago, he took her to Assam where she delivered a child. He sold the child, a girl, to an Assam businessman and returned home to his old ways", the SHO told HT.
About three months ago, Mali's second daughter again became pregnant. "Given abortion medicine earlier this week, she started bleeding. Thereafter, the foetus was ejected with the help of a village midwife", Jaiswal said.
Learning about his cruelty, Mali's relatives and co-villagers assaulted him and demanded that the girl be sent to her maternal relatives. Mali left with the girl on Tuesday evening and has not been seen since them.
"We believe Mali strangulated the girl on the way and threw the body in a field near Kurra village. A case of rape and murder has been filed against him at the Mohania PS," said Kaimur SP Uma Shankar Sudhanshu.
The SP said marks on the girl's body showed she had undergone a CS procedure earlier for the delivery of a child. "A police hunt is on to nab Mali", he added.