A teenager was allegedly raped and killed in Bhiwandi near Thane in Maharashtra. The 14-year-old's body was found on Thursday evening said the police. An investigation is on but the police are yet to trace the killer.
The girl was alone at home when the killer entered the house and allegedly raped her and strangled her, an officer at the local police station told news agency PTI. The attacker also "forced her head into a tub of water, which probably caused the death," said the police.
When the girl's elder sister returned home, she was shocked to see her sibling lying dead. The police were called after her parents arrived. Cases of murder and rape have been filed based on the evidence and a hunt is on to trace the attacker.
The teenager's rape and murder comes within months of a 17-tear-old's gangrape in Bhiwandi. Three men were arrested in connection with the case said the police, adding that the accused have identified as as Imran Khan, Javed Shaikh and the third one known only as Kinna. All three are in their 20s.
The three had broken onto the house of the girl when she was alone. While one of them allegedly raped her at a knife point, the other two kept a vigil outside the house, said KD Jadhav, senior officer at Shanti Nagar police station.
The three have been charged with gangrape and criminal intimidation the police said. Relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) have also been invoked against the accused.
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