A 12-year-old hearing and speech-impaired girl was allegedly raped and killed by her cousin in Deesa town of Gujarat’s Banaskantha district.
Gujarat Police has arrested a man for raping and killing his 12-year-old specially-abled cousin in the Dantiwada area on Saturday.
On the morning of October 17, the body of a minor was found from an isolated spot near the border of Moti Bhakhar village. The police also found the severed head of the girl at some distance from the body. On investigation, it was confirmed that the body was of the missing girl,” said Dr Kushal Ojha, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Deesa.
The police officer said that police immediately started the investigation in the case and searched the CCTV footage of nearby area for clues.
“Prima facie, it appears that the 12-year-old girl was raped and then murdered by the accused identified to be her cousin. The body was sent for post-mortem and the report is awaited,” the official said.
“In CCTV footage the accused Nitin Mali (25), cousin of the deceased, was found to be riding with the victim on his bike. Primary investigation revealed that Nitin, raped the victim and later beheaded her due to the fear of getting exposed,” the DSP added.
Rajulben Desai, Member of the National Commission for Women also visited the area.
The increasing incidence of atrocities and rapes against women, especially minors, is of great concern to society,” she said.
The victim’s 25-year-old relative has been detained for questioning, he said, adding that the case is being investigated by Dantiwada police.