Infant raped, killed in MP; one arrested

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Indore: An eight-month-old girl, fast asleep next to her parents in Indore, was taken away and raped in an empty basement just 200 metres away in the early hours of Friday. He said society must look within itself. "We will make sure the culprit is punished soonest". Indian Express reports that the post-mortem report suggests that the child was raped before being killed. The family of the infant did not name the accused as a suspect as he was a family member, said the Deputy Inspector General of Police. The police recovered the blood-soaked body of the infant from the basement of a commercial building in Rajwada area on Friday after getting information that it had been lying unattended. "The accused had an argument with victim's mother after which he committed the crime", he said.

The association's president Dinesh Pandey, while addressing media, stated that the victim's family would be offered free legal service to get the accused hanged in one month. The child's parents sell balloons in the nearby areas and were sleeping outside the gate of the building. "Initial suspects were ruled out by special investigation team (SIT) and the victim's uncle was arrested".

"CCTV footage showed the accused, who is really a remote relative of their youngster, arrived on a bicycle in around 4.45 am and picked up the girl sleeping close for her mother and father and also led towards Shiv Vilas palace, all across the avenue". According to police, the accused has said that his wife had recently walked out on him and he had asked his cousin to persuade his wife to return.

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Police suspect the accused threw the child down.

"The infant had an injury on her head. However, only the post-mortem report will verify if she died due to this or whether she was smothered", Mishra said.

The body of the infant was found later in the afternoon in the basement of the commercial building near the spot of the abduction.

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