A Delhi Court has sent a priest and three others, arrested in the alleged rape and murder case of a 9-year-old girl near Delhi Cantonment, to three-day police custody on Monday.
Additional Sessions Judge Ashutosh Kumar handed over the four accused to the police after the investigating officer in the case informed the court that new information has come to light during investigation and further custodial interrogation of the accused was required.
In an application moved before the court, the Crime Branch of Delhi Police sought five-day remand of the accused to confront them to the witnesses and the evidence.
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All the accused were produced before the Delhi Court from their judicial custody via video conferencing.
According to the prosecution, the minor girl was raped, murdered, and then cremated without her parents’ consent.
What is the Delhi Cantonment case?
Family members of a 9-year-old Dalit girl living in Nangal village in Delhi Cantonment area have alleged that she was murdered and forcibly cremated by four men.
The girl had left her home at around 5:30 pm to fetch water from a nearby water cooler.
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Around 6 pm, one of the accused told the girl’s mother that she was electrocuted after coming in contact with the water cooler and had died soon after. The accused also told the mother that involving the police would complicate matters and that the family should cremate the child’s body without delay.
However, the mother raised an alarm and called for help. As many as 200 villagers gathered at the crematorium and handed the accused over to the police.
Delhi Police registered a case against the four accused on the basis of the minor girl’s mother’s statement, who alleged that her daughter was raped, murdered and cremated without the family’s consent on August 1.
The four accused have been booked under Sections 302 (murder), 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), along with the relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the SC/ST Act.
(With inputs from PTI)
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