Five-month-old baby girl dies after being ‘raped by her 30-year-old cousin’ at a wedding in India
- The cousin asked baby’s mother if he could play with her, but was gone for hours
- Search party found the girl lying unconscious on lawn beside the accused rapist
- She was pronounced dead, and her father has filed a case of murder and rape
- The alleged kidnap happened in the northeastern city of Daudnager on Sunday
A five-month-old baby was murdered after being raped by her 30-year-old cousin in India, the dead girl’s father has alleged.
The tragic infant’s parents had been enjoying a relative’s wedding in the northeastern city of Daudnager on Sunday night when the cousin asked his aunt – the baby’s mother – if he could take her daughter away to play.
Two hours later, a search party found the young girl lying unconscious on the wedding venue’s lawn – the accused sex attacker beside her.
The suspected child rapist, named as Pappu by the Times of India, fled but was arrested the next day.
Doctors at a trauma centre declared the girl had been brought in dead, before the distraught father formally filed allegations his nephew had raped and murdered his daughter.
The cousin had approached the baby’s mother, who was cradling the girl in her lap, at around 7pm on the night of the Madiaon wedding.
The mother agreed, but a sense of panic began to creep in when there was still no sign of the pair by 9pm.
A search party was launched and villagers joined in the manhunt – which was ended with the grim discovery of the motionless baby.
Sarvashresth Tripathi, deputy police commissioner, said the father had filed a case of murder, rape and kidnap to murder
As the villagers cried they had found the girl, her parents rushed to the spot before identifying it as their child and racing to Vivekananda Polyclinic hospital which referred her to KGMU trauma centre where she was pronounced dead.
In the horrifying frenzy at the wedding, the cousin escaped but was detained by police the next day.
Sarvashresth Tripathi, deputy police commissioner, said the father had filed a case of murder, rape and kidnap to murder, according to the Times.
An autopsy will determine if the baby was raped, officials said.