The body of a six-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped and strangled to death with her school belt, was found in Tonk district of Rajasthan on Sunday, a day after she went missing, the police said.
The incident comes during the protests over the recent incidents of alleged gang rape and murder of two women in Telangana and Jharkhand.
According to the police, the body of the girl, a Class 1 student, was spotted by some villagers in the bushes at a remote area of a village in Aligarh town. The locals then informed the police, who rushed to the spot with a forensics team.
As per preliminary investigation, the nature of injury indicates that the minor was raped and then strangled to death with the school belt that she was wearing, said Ram Krishan, station house officer (SHO), Aligarh police station. The body was sent for a post-mortem examination.
No arrests have been made so far, but efforts are on to identify the accused, he added.
“The victim was studying in Class 1 in a government school. On Saturday, she was in school till 3pm as there was a cultural function. After that, she didn’t reach home. Her parents searched for her but they were unable to find her,” said Ram Krishan.
A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against unknown persons under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and sections 302 (murder) and 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code.