- The accused used to work at the victim's father's shop
- He told the victim's father he would drop her home
- The accused has been arrested
The incident took place at Asaoti, a village in Faridabad's Palwal, about 80 km from New Delhi. Virender, also called Bholu, was working for the child's father for the last nine years, the police said.
On Thursday afternoon, he took the girl who was sitting at the shop to his house and raped her. He then stabbed her to death and stuffed her body in a drum at his house, the police said. After committing the crime, he came back to the shop and resumed his duties. In the evening, when the child's parents raised an alarm, he even pretended to help them search for her, the parents told reporters.
During the search, a neighbour informed the parents that he had seen Bholu taking the child away.
When villagers reached Bholu's house, where they got into an argument with the accused's mother, the only person in the house and found the dead body in a drum.
"When we started to look for her, he too participated along with us and kept fooling us. When we went to his house, his mother didn't tell us anything. She was not even willing to open the door and turned off the lights where the drum was kept," the girl's father said.
Justice because we lost our daughter but nobody else should lose their child," said her mother.
"The accused has been arrested under sections of IPC (Indian Penal Code) and POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) and sent for three days in custody. We are investigating all CCTV footage, blood stains and eyewitness statements," said Devender Singh, a police officer.
Bholu, who has been arrested, is married but his wife hasn't been living with him for the last two years, the police said.
As per latest National Crime Records Bureau Data of 2016, in 2016, around 13 per cent of underage female victims were of age 11 and below. In 94.6 per cent of the rape cases reported in 2016, the offenders were known to the victims.