A 15-year-old girl was allegedly killed by her relatives in Mumbai for refusing to read a holy book. Police told the Bombay high court that the girl from Antop Hill was killed on May 4. She was strangled by a dupatta by her own family members after she reportedly refused to read the holy book and offer prayers, reported HT.

What happened?

Additional public prosecutor Aruna Pai added that the girl was assaulted and later killed by her uncle and aunt.

The prosecutor also said that the girl’s body was first taken to a private hospital by her uncle and aunt. A postmortem was conducted after the hospital declared her dead. The accused had claimed that the girl had fallen down in the bathroom.

The Antop Hill police had registered an accidental death report (ADR) after recording the family’s statements.

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Post-mortem reports came the very next day, revealing ligature marks over the girl’s neck, indicating the chances of a murder.

Thereafter, the police were quick to add Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Pai added.

The father’s plea

These revelations came up as the court was hearing a petition filed by the girl’s father.  He is a widower and has complained that his daughter was raped before being killed. However, the police did not pay attention his complaint.

The girl’s father’s lawyer said the theory behind his daughter being killed appears too “far-fetched” to be believed.

While responding to these allegations, Pai said, the post-mortem revealed that the girl’s hymen was intact which proves that the allegations are not true.

She also added that a total of eight persons have been booked for the purported murder, which include the uncle and the aunt.

The division bench consisting of of Justice RM Savant and Justice Revati Mohite-Dere felt that police should not have brushed aside the girl’s father’s allegations lightly and should have properly probed all angles.
Kriti Dwivedi is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv
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