Sagar, Mar 19: A 12-year-old Dalit girl was kidnapped, gang-raped and killed allegedly by her brothers and uncle in Madhya Pradesh's Sagar last week. According to police, four of the accused have been arrested while one escaped. To the shock, one of the accused is a minor.
The girl was reported missing on March 13 and her body and severed head were found the next day in an agricultural field outside the village. The police at the beginning declared a reward of Rs 10,000, which was increased to Rs 25,000 for information regarding the accused.
Sagar's SP Amit Sanghi said when the girl threatened to inform the police, the men involved in her rape, restrained her to death, slashed her head and dumped the body. However, the girl's aunt knew about the incident but fooled the police by accusing a neighbour for the crime.
After questioning, the neighbour turned out to be innocent. The police received a buzz that the victim's elder brother, who is around 20 years old, might be involved in the crime.
Police added that the elder brother had raped the victim earlier also.
"While in the act, the other two brothers, including the minor, came and they both raped her. Meanwhile, the girl's uncle, who is in his late 40s, also came by. Initially, he rebooked everyone and then he too raped her," he said.
According to NDTV, police grew suspicious after her uncle alleged that one Chote Patel, who lives in the same village, was behind the murder. Patel and the girl's family were locked in a land dispute, police added.
"Our two senior officers collected all evidence and recorded the statements of the family members. When everything was pieced together, we found that she was raped and murdered by her brothers and uncle. We arrested the uncle and one of the brothers," said Sanghi, adding that blood-stained clothes and the murder weapon - a cutter was also found.