Man ‘strangled girl to death as she resisted rape and had sex with dead body’

A five year-old girl was allegedly strangled to death as she resisted rape of a man who later had sex with her body, it has been reported.

Police in Bhubaneswar, India, arrested a man on suspicion of murder after a five year-old girl was found dead.

The Special Investigation Team claim the accused’s sister had been a close friend of the victim who used to visit his home to eat berries from their back garden.

On the day of the alleged murder, July 14, the victim visited the house but the victim’s friend and mother were out.

It is claimed the accused tried to rape the girl but strangled her to death as she resisted rape.

According to NDTV India, the SIT said the child’s remains were found at the back of her house on July 23.

The team also claim the accused’s semen was found on the less of the victim, which was put in a sack before being dumped near a pond.

He also allegedly took the girl’s leggings but later threw them in the same pond.

According to NDTV, the child’s parents allegedly attempted suicide after hearing about their daughter’s death.

As a result, state government subsequently ordered an SIT probe after opposition BJP and Congress raised the matter in the Assembly.

The accused was then arrested on Monday, December 21, and will be held in custody until December 24 for further interrogation.

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His mother has since written a police complaint stating her son is innocent and has been "forced to admit charges."

She reportedly wrote: "The SIT arrested my innocent son. I have complained about this to the police. Arun Bothra told my son to admit to the crime and take ₹5 lakh cash.

"My son has been subjected to physical and mental torture. He is being forced to admit charges."

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