After Unnao and Kathua, 7-year-old raped and murdered in Etah

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Agra : Though the nation outrage continues over Unnao and Kathua rape case, there is yet another report of alleged rape and murder of seven-year-old girl in Etah district. The shameful incident took place in a wedding venue by a youth who was hired to set up the tent for the occasion.

The rape news came into notice when, victim’s body was found abandoned at an under-construction home, close to the wedding venue. Report claims that the incident took place in Sitalpur village, two km away from Kotwali Nagar police station early Tuesday morning.  Following the incident, the accused identified as Sonu Jatav escaped, but was later detained by the police.

According to sources, the minor girl hailed from Sitalpur. She along with her parents had come to attend the wedding ceremony of a local journalist’s sister. Everybody was busy enjoying the function when suddenly the girl went missing during the garland exchange ceremony. Her parents kept searching her till they found her in inappropriate position. 

“Later at around 1:30 am, the unconscious girl was found in a semi-naked condition, with strangulation marks on her neck. Her abdomen also had blood stains,” the source said.

The girl was soon rushed to the government hospital of Etah were she was declared brought dead. Superintendent of police, Etah, Akhilesh Chaurasia, said, “The girl’s body has been sent for postmortem, while the accused has been arrested. Based on the written complaint of the victim’s family, the accused Sonu has been booked under IPC section 302 (murder), 376 (rape) and POCSO act.”

An official source said, “The victim and accused hailed from the same village and he probably lured the victim while her parents, guests and others were busy during the wedding ceremony.”