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7-year-old raped, murdered: Family went to Etah since victim was keen on attending wedding

The child’s father said he had initially decided to stay home, but changed his mind about attending the wedding after his daughter asked to go.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2018 10:03 IST
Hemendra Chaturvedi
Hemendra Chaturvedi
Etah, Hindustan Times
Rape,Wedding,Etah rape
People participate in a protest against the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua near Jammu, and a teenager in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh state, in Amritsar, on Tuesday. (Reuters photo)

The family of the seven-year-old girl, who was raped and murdered at a wedding, decided to travel to Etah for the festivities because she was keen on attending it. The child was attacked by a 19-year-old on Tuesday morning.

“I was very tired on Monday and had decided to stay back at home. But my daughter asked me who would come to her aunt’s wedding if the family did not attend the weddings in the locality. She left me speechless and I had no other option but to attend the function,” the girl’s father recalled.

He said while a ritual was on after the arrival of the groom, a relative asked his daughter to carry something inside the house. “The accused was already there managing the tent put up for the function,” he said.

“My daughter might have shouted for help but no one could hear her due to the loud music. We looked for her but failed to locate her. I rushed inside an under-construction house where I found the accused who tried to hide my daughter’s body but her feet were visible,” he said.

“My first concern was my daughter. I pushed the accused aside and rushed her to the district hospital where the doctors pronounced her dead. People present on the spot nabbed the accused and handed him over to the police,” the girl’s father said.

Trying to come to terms with the incident, the family waited for the girl’s grandfather who had special affection for her. He reached Etah later in the evening as he works for a security agency in Delhi.

Being a minor, the victim was not cremated but buried at Sainik Padav near Ramlila ground at about 7 pm on Tuesday in the presence of police, tehsil staff and BJP MLA from Etah Sadar Vipin Verma David.

First Published: Apr 18, 2018 07:48 IST