7-year-old girl’s decomposed body found with marks of dog bites after uncle ‘killed’ her for resisting rape

A 46-year-old uncle in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad on September 12 night, was reported to have abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered a seven-year-old girl.

Police on Tuesday detained a 46-year-old man for allegedly abducting, raping and killing a seven-year-old girl in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad. The minor had gone missing on Saturday and her decomposing body was found without clothes and with marks of dog bites in a field near the Ognaj Toll Plaza on Tuesday night.

The arrested accused, identified as Bhikha Mistry, is a native of Mehsana and works at a factory in Ahmedabad. He is unmarried and stays with his brother near the house of the girl. An officer of Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) said that on September 12, they received a complaint that a seven-year-old girl has gone missing from her house. Subsequently, a case of abduction was registered and several teams were pressed into action for tracing the girl. On Tuesday night, they found her body.

“Our investigation has revealed that an accused who is believed to be ‘uncle’ of the girl abducted her after luring her. He took her to a remote spot in farmland in an autorickshaw on September 12 night, a report by The Indian Express quoted the DCB officer as saying.

The arrested accused has confessed to killing the girl. He told the police that he attempted to sexually assault on her after taking her to the farmland; however, she began screaming following which he strangulated her. He dumped her body into the bushes and fled, the officer said.

A case has been registered against the accused under sections 302 (murder) and 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the POCSO Act.

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