Srinagar, Sept. 5 (TNS): After Asifa, another nine year-old child has been gang-raped and murdered in Indian-occupied Kashmir’s Baramullah district, bringing memory of the brutal gang-rape of an eight-year old in Jammu region of the occupied state.
Police said on Wednesday that the child had gone missing on September 23 and was murdered the same day.
Five people have been arrested in connection with the case, including the step-mother and the step-brother.
The girl was lured to a secluded spot in a forest by her step-mother and was raped in turn by her 14 years old step-brother, his friends and accomplices, the police said.
Later, the step-mother strangled her and the step-brother swung an axe at her head. One of the men gouged out her eyes and burnt parts of her body with acid to destroy evidence, the police added.
“There is conclusive evidence for murder, there is destruction of evidence in regards to rape. But we have got vital clues to prove the rape charges in the court,” Mir Imtiyaz Hussain, Police chief in Baramullah district who is supervising the investigation, told Al Jazeera.
“We have identified the culprits. Our job will be complete when the culprits are convicted in a court of law,” he added.
Police say they found the decomposed body in a forest near her home in Uri on September 2, almost 10 days after she went missing.