New Delhi: A 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped before she was murdered and set on fire inside her home in east Delhi last week. Two suspects believed to have harassed and stalked the teenager for months have been caught.
The girl’s burnt body was found by her mother on Thursday. The police initially believed that it was a suicide. An autopsy, however, confirmed that she had been strangled.
A friend of the girl has told the police that she had been followed by two young men in the neighbourhood for long and has also claimed that she was sexually assaulted by them. The suspects were picked up on the basis of her statement.
The girl was alone when the killers broke into her home. It is suspected that the attackers burnt the body to hide sexual assault. The girl had allegedly complained to the police about the men.
Another teen’s brutal rape caused massive outrage last month after it emerged that she was repeatedly assaulted and then forced to drink acid by the man who had allegedly raped her earlier. The 14-year-old was kidnapped from her home allegedly by the accused just before a court hearing.
She died on July 26 after a month in hospital, prompting headlines that screamed – “how many Nirbhayas?” – a reference to the young student who was fatally gang-raped on a moving bus in 2012.