17-year-old raped and murdered

PUNE: A 17-year-old college student was allegedly raped and murdered on Thursday at her home in the Pokale Vasti area in Dhayari, prompting the Sinhagad police to swing into action and launch an investigation after the victim’s autopsy report revealed the incident on Friday.
The victim, a student of humanities, returned home from college around 1pm on Thursday. Her brother, a standard VIII student, returned in the evening and found her fast asleep.

The victim’s brother called her several times, but she did not respond. He also tried to wake her up, but in vain. He then called his parents — both labourers — and the girl was rushed to a nearby private hospital, where doctors declared her brought dead.

“The police initially registered a complaint of accidental death and referred her body to a government hospital for post-mortem. The hospital on Friday certified that she died of suffocation and injuries were found on her neck, face and private parts,” said sub-inspector Girish Sonawane of the Sinhagad police.

The victims’ parents have not held anybody responsible for the incident. The girl’s father has registered an FIR for raping and murdering his daughter under sections of the Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The girl or her parents never lodged complaint of eve-teasing or sexual harassment against anybody in the past.

“There are no CCTV cameras at Pokale Vasti. We are questioning the residents of the locality and working on certain clues to establish the identity of the suspect,” Sonawane added.

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