A 25-year-old medical student from Delhi was found dead in Uttar Pradesh's Agra on Wednesday morning, a few kilometres from her college. A doctor accused by her family of harassing her has been taken into custody, said the police. He has confessed to his crime, cops said today, adding that he claimed he was in "relationship with the woman for the last seven years".
The family of the student, who was pursuing her post-graduation from Agra, told the police that she had been missing since Tuesday evening. A case of kidnapping was filed, hours before her body was found.
"The family of the woman told police that a medical officer - a doctor from Jalaun - was harassing her and had even threatened her," Babloo Kumar, a police officer from Agra, said. "The student was found dead Wednesday morning; the body has been sent for postmortem. The accused has been taken into custody" he added.
Dr Vivek Tiwari, the accused, worked in Jalaun city, about 220 km from state capital Lucknow. Confessing his crime, he told police: "On Tuesday, I came to meet her (the medical student) from Jalaun at around 6:30 PM. We had been in a relationship for the last seven years. When we met for the last time, we started arguing. I got angry and strangled her to death... then I attacked her with a knife," he told police.
"Later, I dumped her body nearby and covered it with logs."
In the last few weeks, several shocking incidents of crimes against women and girls have prompted opposition parties to attack Yogi Adityanath-led state government.
On Monday, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi said in a Facebook post that the state government "has completely failed in providing security to women".
"Bulandshahr, Hapur, Lakhimpur Kheri and now Gorakhpur. Such repeated incidents have proven that the Uttar Pradesh government has completely failed in providing security to women," the 48-year-Congress leader old wrote.
Yesterday, a teen who went missing from her village in eastern UP's Bhadohi, was found dead. Last week, a 13-year-old girl was raped and killed in Lakhimpur Kheri district and her body found in a sugarcane field. She had been strangled, her eyes were gouged out and her tongue cut, the girl's father said, a claim denied by police.
In western UP's Hapur, a six-year-old was kidnapped and raped earlier this month. The accused was arrested last week amid shock and horror over the incident.