A four-year-old girl, daughter of a hawker, was kidnapped, raped and murdered in Mankhurd on Monday morning. Her body was found in the bushes near Yashwant Chavan Maha Marg in Chikuwadi. The police are yet to identify the accused.
According to the police, the child went missing around 11pm, when her mother was selling puffed rice on a road near Mankhurd station. “The CCTV footage shows the child playing in the station area till 11pm,” said NH Shaikh, senior inspector, Mankhurd police station. According to the police, the girl’s father is mentally ill, and the mother provides for the family. The girl has a sister and two brothers.
Busy with work, the mother was unaware that her child wasn’t around. A few hours later, when she was about to wind up, she realized the girl has gone missing. After looking for the girl in the area, the family lodged a complaint with the local police station.
“Around 9.15am, the child’s body of the victim was found in the bushes in Chikuwadi. The girl was strangled with her clothes,” said an officer.
The police have formed teams to arrest the man.
The child’s body was sent to Rajawadi hospital for post-mortem, which confirmed she was raped before being killed.
The accused has been booked under sections 363 (kidnapping), 376 (rape) and 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code, along with the relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012.
‘Girl’s cousin too went missing last year, hasn’t been found yet’
The aunt of the four-year-old girl from Mankhurd, who was raped and murdered on Monday morning, told HT that her five-year-old daughter, too, went missing on July 26, 2015, and is still to be found.
“I was at home when I learnt the girl has gone missing. Since the time my five-year-old daughter went missing, I am extra cautious with my other children. I used to always ask my sister to be careful,” the aunt said.
“I am shocked with the incident. We were looking for her through the night. In the morning, the police told us her body has been found near the highway. We hope the police find the culprit at the earliest,” said the aunt.
Meanwhile, the girl’s sister suspects her mother’s regular client may have taken the girl away on the pretext of giving her chocolate. “I suspect a man, who came to our stall daily and would take her out sometimes on the pretext of giving her chocolates, may have a role to play in it. I have told the police about it. They are now looking for him.”