An eight-year-old girl was raped and killed in Tamil Nadu’s Salem district on Sunday (03), a day after her father reported her missing, TN local media reports.
Darshini G, from Telenganur taluk, had disappeared on Saturday evening after her father had sent her out to buy groceries, reportedly.
“Her father, Gurunathan, had sent her to a nearby shop which was hardly half a kilometre away from their house,” the police sources reveals. “When she didn’t return after half-an-hour, he went looking for her and started asking if anyone had seen her.”
Police found the girl’s mutilated body on Sunday morning. A 17-year-old youth, Thirumurthy, who hails from nearby Pallakodi but was visiting his grandfather in Telenganur on Saturday, was arrested in connection the crime.
Thirumurty killed Dharshini after raping her and hid her body in a large pot, covering it with a lid, according to the police. “The postmortem… confirms she was raped,” the police sources stated.
Initial television reports had suggested that Darshini was killed as part of a human sacrifice.
In 2014, a 10-year-old girl had been raped and killed in the same district, with police initially suspecting that she, too, had been a victim of human sacrifice.