Updated: September 1, 2014 2:25:46 am
In the second such incident within two weeks, a five-year-old pavement dweller in Borivali (East) was abducted at night, sexually assaulted and murdered by an unidentified individual on Sunday, according to the police.
The girl was sleeping with her mother on the pavement beneath the flyover opposite Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali Saturday night. After the two fell asleep, an unidentified person abducted the girl, according to the victim’s mother’s statements.
In her statement, the girl’s mother told police that she awoke in the early hours on Sunday and found her daughter missing. Worried, she began to search in the vicinity. During the search, she spotted a pile of clothes about 25 feet away. When she lifted the pile, she saw her daughter lying lifeless,” said Punjabrao Ugale, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 12.
The police said that the girl had injury marks on her private parts, and has registered a case of murder and sexual assault against unidentified persons. “We have registered a case based on the statement given by the girl’s mother. We have booked an unknown individual with rape, murder and sections of the Protection Of Children Against Sexual Offences Act,” said Ugale.
A post-mortem will be conducted to establish whether the girl was raped, the police said. Officers investigating the case are also recovering CCTV footage from the vicinity for signs of the accused.
On August 21, a 5-year-old girl sleeping with her mother and brother on a pavement in Kandivali, was kidnapped and raped. The police had CCTV footage of a man leading the child away but was unable to identify him due to the darkness. The girl, who has severe injuries, is being treated at a hospital.
The modus operandi in both cases is similar and targets are minor girls sleeping on pavements. We are examining both crimes to establish whether they were committed by the same person,” said Ugale.
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