A girl was allegedly raped and then strangled to death by a 23-year-old man, who later tried to pass it off as a suicide attempt. The incident occurred on March 24 in Chhattisgarh’s Surajpur district, according to police.
The suspect has been identified as Sabir Ali alias Baba Khan by the police. The accused was arrested by police on Saturday during the course of the investigation.
The accused allegedly strangled the victim and then hanged her body from a ceiling fan at her home, according to Surajpur Additional Superintendent of Police Harish Rathore.
According to preliminary findings, the victim, a Class 12 student, took her practical exam and then returned home to Surajpur, which is some 300 kilometres from the state capital Raipur.
Her mother was in Bilaspur caring for her sick father, who was hospitalised, according to an official, while her younger brother went out to play.
According to the official, the accused discovered the victim alone in the house and went there.
According to the official, the man is accused of rapping her and strangling her to death with her scarf.
According to the official, the man then hung the victim’s body from a ceiling fan and scribbled a suicide note on her hand with a pen to make it appear as if she had committed suicide. He claimed that the victim’s brother and neighbours later saw her hanging and called the cops.
Sabir Ali aka Baba Khan, rape and murder suspect, has been charged under Indian Penal Code sections 302 (murder), 376 (rape), and other relevant provisions.
“The exact age of the deceased has yet to be determined,” police said, adding that “if she is discovered to be a child, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO) requirements will be incorporated into the investigation.”
According to preliminary investigations, the girl, a Class 12 student, had her practical exam on Thursday and then returned home to Surajpur, which is nearly 300 kilometres from Raipur, the state capital. Her mother was in Bilaspur, taking care of her ailing father at Apollo Hospital, while her younger brother was out playing.
The incident was quickly reported to the Bhatgaon police station. When the cops arrived, they began an investigation. The initial investigation revealed that it was a murder investigation. As the investigation progressed, suspicion fell on Sabir Ali, aka Baba Khan.
The accused went to the house when he discovered the victim alone. Fearing that she would reveal his identity, he then raped her and strangled her to death with her dupatta. The accused also inscribed someone else’s name on the victim’s hands in an attempt to make the murder appear to be a suicide.