Man suspected of rape, murder of 9-month-old girl arrested

Warangal: In a horrific incident, 28-year-old man was arrested yesterday for allegedly raping and murdering a nine-month-old baby girl in Telangana.

The accused identified as Praveen was from the same locality and he had apparently gagged her following suspected rape. According to media reports, the man had apparently taken away the girl while she was sleeping early morning and had sexually assaulted her at a secluded place nearby.

When family members searched for the missing girl, they noticed the man walking with the baby covered in a towel. He was caught and handed over to the police. The child was rushed to a nearby hospital, but was declared brought dead.

Condemning the incident, a large number of local people took to the streets demanding justice for the baby and stern punishment to the accused. On a complaint by the family, a case had been registered against Praveen for Indian Penal Code offences including kidnap, rape and murder and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The body of the victim had been shifted to a state-run hospital and the exact cause of her death and whether she was sexually assaulted or not would be known after an autopsy, said a media report.

NT Bureau