Seven-year-old girl raped and killed on Pune's Army college campus; suspect found hanging

Pune: A seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped and killed in her house on the premises of the College of Military Engineering (CME) here in Maharashtra, police said Wednesday.

Police also found the body of a 24-year-old suspect hanging from a tree on the campus, an officer said, adding that he might have committed suicide.

Prima facie, the suspect, whose name has been withheld by police, committed the crime after the girl's mother, a widow, spurned his marriage proposal.

The suspect and the mother of the victim work in the CME's mess as civil staff and live on the premises.

The incident came to light Tuesday evening when the woman found the girl in an unconscious condition when she returned home from work. "She took the girl to a state-run hospital near the campus, where doctors informed her that the seven-year-old was sexually assaulted before being strangulated and alerted police," the officer said.

During inquiry, the woman told the police the suspect had proposed to marry her after her husband died some months ago, however, she rejected the offer.

The officer said the suspect and the woman had a heated argument over the issue on Monday night, after which he threatened her of dire consequences. "Since he was the prime suspect in the case, we started tracing his location. During the search, we found his body hanging from a tree on the CME premises," the officer added.

Police have registered a case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including murder and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Further investigation is underway.

CME is a premier technical and tactical training institution of the Indian Army Corps of Engineers which is situated at Dapodi on national highway 4, adjacent to the Khadki cantonment, a large Army base in Pune district.

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Updated Date: Jan 23, 2019 18:27:09 IST

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