7-year-old raped and murdered during wedding ceremony in Etah

Agra: Even as outrage continues to mount over the Kathua and Unnao incidents, a seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered in Etah district during a wedding ceremony by a youth who was hired to set up the tent for the occasion.
The incident took place in Sitalpur village, two km away from Kotwali Nagar police station early April 17 morning. The victim’s body was found abandoned at an under-construction home, close to the wedding venue. Following the incident, the accused identified as Sonu Jatav fled, but was later apprehended by the police.
According to sources, the victim, a resident of Sitalpur, along with her parents had come to attend the wedding ceremony of a local journalist’s sister. The girl went missing during the garland exchange ceremony, even as her parents kept searching for her whereabouts. “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 declared brought dead at the government hospital of Etah.
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.”
Earlier too, similar incidents have been reported from neighboring districts. On April 11, in Etah, a dalit girl charged a man with allegedly raping her after lacing her food with sedatives.
On March 17, a third-year-old law student of an Agra college raped and murdered an eight-year-old girl. He left her body at a college ground in Agra.
A 14 year-old girl was allegedly raped and burnt to death by her 17 year-old neighbor in Malahpur village of Aligarh on March 3.
On February 24, a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 23-year-old neighbor in Delhi gate police jurisdiction in Aligarh.
On February 14, a 16-year-old dalit girl was allegedly gang raped in Nagla Ajab village under Pachokara police jurisdiction of Firozabad district.
On February 2 in Shikohabad (Firozabad district), a seven-year-old boy was murdered after been sodomised by a 20-year-old youth, who was a neighbor of the victim.
On November 26, a seven-year-old girl was raped and murdered by her father in Etmadpur area of Agra district.

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