Delhi murder: Girl stabbed 16 times, skull was ruptured by blunt object - early autopsy findings

May 29, 2023 09:29 PM IST

Delhi Shahbad Dairy murder case: The murder took place Sunday night in the Shahbad Dairy area and six police teams have been formed to catch the accused

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Delhi murder case accused Sahil: Accused in murder of 16-year-old girl in Shahbad Dairy area of Delhi arrested from UP's Bulandshahr.
Delhi murder case accused Sahil: Accused in murder of 16-year-old girl in Shahbad Dairy area of Delhi arrested from UP's Bulandshahr.

A 16-year-old girl was murdered - allegedly by her boyfriend, a 20-year-old man - in Delhi on Sunday, police in the national capital said Monday morning. The accused - identified as Sahil - was arrested from Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh hours after the gruesome crime. Preliminary findings from the postmortem indicate the girl was stabbed 16 times and her skull ruptured after it was bashed in by a blunt object. The detailed report has yet to be released.

According to preliminary findings from the autopsy, cited by news agency ANI, the girl was stabbed 16 times and her skull ruptured after she was attacked with a blunt object - CCTV video showed the killer attacking her with a large stone.

Delhi Shahbad Dairy murder: What we know so far

"We have arrested the accused - Sahil - from Bulandshahr (in) Uttar Pradesh. He used to work as a mechanic for AC and refrigerators. Further investigation is underway… we will make sure the maximum punishment is given to the accused," Deputy Commissioner of Police Suman Nalwa told news agency ANI.

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Ravi Kumar Singh, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer North) told reporters the accused, Sahil, 'lived under Shahbad Dairy police station area'.

Authorities said the girl had planned to attend a friend's son's birthday party when the accused intercepted and stabbed her multiple times in a horrific attack that also involved bludgeoning her with a stone.

The accused was arrested after he made a phone call to his father, ANI said.

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Police sources told ANI Sahil fled to a relative's home in Bulandshahr after the killing but made the mistake of calling his father. That allowed the cops to track down his location through technical surveillance and arrest him, sources said.

The murder

The horrific attack was caught on CCTV and footage has been shared online. The video - which Hindustan Times has seen and chosen not to publish - shows the young girl pinned to a wall and stabbed several times by a young male. The murder takes place in view of people passing within inches of the attacker.

No one stops or says anything as the young girl's body crumples to the road and the attacker continues his assault, which lasts for nearly 90 seconds and includes him kicking her body.

At the end of the stabbing, kicking and bludgeoning the young male walks away.

Delhi murder case: CCTV footage of the murder of a young girl in Delhi's Shahbad Dairy area on Sunday night (Credit: Alok Arjun Singh/Twitter)
Delhi murder case: CCTV footage of the murder of a young girl in Delhi's Shahbad Dairy area on Sunday night (Credit: Alok Arjun Singh/Twitter)

The murder took place within the limits of the Shahbad Dairy Police Station in Delhi and the body of the girl - a resident of the area's JJ Colony - was found lying on the streets. The number of stab wounds and other medical details will be ascertained after a post-mortem of the body, police have said.

According to news agency PTI the accused and the victim fought on Saturday.

Victim's father demands exemplary punishment

"My daughter was stabbed many times… her head was also bludgeoned into pieces. We demand stringent punishment for the accused," the father told ANI.

"Never saw Sahil. We demand justice for our daughter," the girl's mother said.

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Aam Aadmi Party reacts

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and members of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party hit out at Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena over the murder.

Kejriwal tweeted: "A minor girl is brutally murdered openly in Delhi. This is very sad and unfortunate. The criminals have become fearless, there is no fear of the police. LG sir, law and order is your responsibility, do something. Safety of people of Delhi is paramount..."

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Delhi minister Saurabh Bharadwaj also tweeted, declaring: “If LG saab is not doing his work then what is the responsibility? The law and order situation in Delhi has reached the lowest level. There is open bloodshed. Even today the incident of Shahabad is very shameful. LG saab has completely failed.”

The AAP leaders' tweets come amid a festering war of words between the AAP and the Bharatiya Janata Party, the latter of which controls law and order in Delhi since the city police reports to union home minister Amit Shah.

'Unfortunate', says Delhi BJP MP

BJP leader Hans Raj Hans, who is the Lok Sabha MP for northwest Delhi (in which area the murder took place) seemed to ascribe the killing to 'emotion'.

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"This is an unfortunate incident. Earlier (too) there have been same cases in my constituency. I am in touch with (the) police and family members… youth often get caught up in emotions…" he was quoted by ANI.

DCW's Swati Maliwal condemns murder

Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal said the city 'has become extremely unsafe for women and girls' and called on the centre to summon a high-level meeting between Shah, Saxena, Kejriwal and herself.

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"16-year-old girl was stabbed 40-50 times and then was hit by a stone multiple times after which she died. All this has been captured on CCTV. Several people saw this but did not pay heed. Delhi has become extremely unsafe for women and girls. I appeal to the central govt to call a high-level meeting with union home minister, Delhi LG, DCW chief and Delhi CM," she said.

With input from agencies


    Chandrashekar is a Senior Editor at Hindustan Times. A journalist with 11+ years across print and digital media, he also has degrees in Sociology and Economics. He has worked in the political, business, sports, and entertainment news spaces, but is happiest just watching football.

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