The three-year-old Indian girl is raped by a group of two men who choked her and dumped her body in a dam before claiming someone sacrificed her for black magic
- The two men wrapped a cloth around the girl’s face before raping and choking her
- She was reported missing on July 17 and her body was later found at the dam
- Attackers are said to have misled investigators with rumors of black magic
A three-year-old girl was raped and murdered in India by two men who dumped her body in a dam before attempting to trick the investigators into claiming she had been sacrificed for ‘black magic’.
The two suspects tied a cloth around the girl’s face while raping her before choking her in the city of Chhindwara, police say.
The girl was reported missing on July 17 and her body was found at a dam three days later, with an autopsy showing that she had died of suffocation and trauma.
Investigators told it Times of India that the attackers then attempted to “deceive” the police by spreading rumors that the girl had been the victim of a dark ritual.
A three-year-old girl was raped and murdered in India by two men who dumped her body in a dam after suffocating her, police say (stock photo)
Police Commissioner Vivek Agarwal said of the suspects, “They raped the child, killed her and threw the body away – all within an hour.
“They tried to mislead the police during the investigation and spread rumors that someone had probably sacrificed the girl for black magic.”
More than 300 people were questioned about the girl’s disappearance before the two suspects, 21 and 23 years old, were arrested Tuesday.
The girl’s body was said to have been stuffed into a bag before being thrown into the dam in Madhya Pradesh state, central India.
India has been plagued by a string of high profile cases of sexual abuse in recent years, which has led to strict new laws in an attempt to tackle rape and child abuse.
The Madhya Pradesh government approved the death penalty for child rapists and gang rapes in 2017.
Figures for 2018 showed that the state issued 26 death sentences that year, more than any other Indian state.
The death penalty for rape of girls under 12 years of age was later renewed across the country following a decision by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet.
However, Amnesty International argued earlier this year that “the death penalty does not end violence against women” because it called for the termination of executions.
India executed 102 death sentences in 2019 with another 378 people on death row, according to Amnesty figures.
In 2017, more than 32,500 cases of rape were reported to the police across India, and many others are suspected not to be reported.