Boy found dead in Delhi park: Father says he was sexually assaulted and tortured
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Boy found dead in Delhi park: Father says he was sexually assaulted and tortured

A nine-year-old boy’s nude body, marked with deep cuts and possible burns, was found in a public park in south Delhi’s Pul Prahladpur on Tuesday.

delhi Updated: Jul 13, 2017 23:35 IST
Shiv Sunny
Shiv Sunny
Hindustan Times
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Representative photo of a dead body (shutterstock)

A nine-year-old boy, whose body was found in a DDA park in south Delhi’s Pul Prahladpur on Tuesday night, was sexually assaulted and tortured before being murdered, his father alleged on Thursday.

The boy had left his home to play with his friends around 12.30pm on Tuesday, but had never returned. His body, marked with stab wounds and burn marks, was found in a nearby park by a visitor later that night.

According to Romil Baaniya, DCP (south-east), the boy was found without any clothes, arousing suspicion that he may have been sexually assaulted. On Thursday, the DCP said he was yet to receive the autopsy report that could shed light on the possibility of sexual assault.

Speaking to HT, the boy’s father claimed that someone from the AIIMS staff, involved in the autopsy process, informed him about the sexual assault. “I took the mortuary attendant aside and asked him to tell me the truth about my son’s death. He told me that my boy was sexually abused and then killed,” the father claimed.

The man also alleged that he found burn marks all over his son’s body. “I have personally seen my son’s body. The killer stubbed burning cigarettes or beedis on his body and face. It could only be done by a very hateful person, but I don’t have any enemies,” said the father.

The DCP said that though he was yet to see the autopsy report on this, he suspected the marks could be anything — burns, abrasions, pinch marks, decomposing signs, old injuries. The boy’s father, however, claimed that his son’s body was “entirely clean” of any such old injuries.

Meanwhile, the police have rounded up over a dozen suspects, including some juveniles, in connection with the murder. Though there was no breakthrough in the case until Thursday night, a senior investigator said they suspected the murder to be either a crime of passion or committed in a fit of rage.

“The boy’s parents don’t seem to have any enmity with anyone. It is unlikely that someone killed the boy over personal enmity. But we are not ruling out anything,” said the officer.

Most of the suspects being questioned by the police are those who happened to be at or near the crime spot around the time the murder happened.

The boy lived with his parents and an older sister in Pul Prahladpur. His other sister is married and lives with her parents. The boy, a Class 3 student, was all set to get admitted into a hostel in Agra.

“He was enrolled as a Class 3 student at a government school in the area, but he would run away sometimes without informing anyone. He would often fall ill so we had him drop out of that school last November,” said the father.

All the formalities for joining the hostel were completed and the boy would have moved to the hostel on July 20, his father said.

First Published: Jul 13, 2017 23:33 IST