One of the men accused in the murder of a two-year-old in the Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh had raped his own daughter five years ago.
The police said that the accused, Aslam, along with another person called Zahid had killed the child over a loan dispute with her grandfather.
The girl’s mother Shilpi Sharma had earlier claimed that Aslam had raped his own daughter in 2014.
“No action against the accused will encourage them. Aslam (co-accused) had raped his own 4-year-old daughter, his wife took their daughter that day itself and left for her parents’ home,” she told ANI.
She has also demanded the death penalty for the accused from Narendra Modi government at the Centre and Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government.
“I request Modi Government and Yogi Government to severely punish the accused. We want the death penalty for him. Otherwise, if he comes out after 7 years, he will be emboldened even more,” she added.
The SSP said he has assured Sharma that justice will be would be done in the case and the accused would be tried in a fast-track court.
The girl had gone missing since May 30 and her mutilated body was discovered on June 2. The post-mortem confirmed that the child was not raped but the police say stringent charges under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act have been added against two accused.
The police said that the child’s body was found on the outskirts of Aligarh. Zahid and the other accused lived less than a kilometre away from the family and knew them well and the murder was done as an ‘act of revenge’.
The police said that Zahid had taken a loan of Rupee 50,000 from the girl’s grandfather and still Rupee 10,000 to him. The two had a fight two days over this before the child was kidnapped.
The girl’s family alleged that Zahid had threatened revenge for his ‘humiliation’ and he allegedly got his partner to help him hide the body.
The child vanished from right outside her home on May 30. Her parents, neighbours and relatives searched for her through the night before reporting her missing the next morning.
On June 2, a woman who picks up trash screamed when she saw dogs nibbling at what looked like a little body wrapped in a cloth. It gave off a foul smell and was full of maggots.
The police said that the case will also be investigated under the National Security Act (NSA), an act anti-terror law that enables the detention of suspects who pose a threat to national security for a year.
The police have also suspended five of its men for negligence including an SHO.