9-Year-Old Uri Girl Raped Before Murder

“(Four accused) took turns to rape her and thereafter her step-mother strangulated her…..One of the accused later gouged out her eyes with a sharp knife and then sprinkled acid on her body parts.” 

BARAMULLA — A nine-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped and brutally killed in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, police said Tuesday, adding five people, including her step-mother and step-brother, were arrested in this connection.

The minor had gone missing on August 23 following which her father, a resident of Uri, filed a complaint with the police, Baramulla Superintendent of Police Imtiaz Hussain Mir said.

Her body was found in decomposed state on Sunday in a nearby forest area, he said, adding it appeared to be a case of murder.

He said a special investigation team (SIT) headed by SDPO Uri was constituted to investigate the murder.

“The SIT interrogated the suspects and during sustained questioning of the step-mother of the deceased, a bone chilling and horrible account of murder and rape of the nine-year-old child came to light,” Mir said.

It was found that the step-mother had been nourishing a long standing grudge against her husband’s second wife and her children, he said.

 “It was found that the step mother namely Fahmeeda had been nourishing a long standing grudge against the non local wife of her husband and her children as she has the perception that her husband was more inclined and affectionate towards her another  wife ( Khushboo) and the children born of her  than her (Fahmeeda) and her children,” the SSP said.

During questioning she also revealed that her husband would mostly spent time with her second  wife and his deceased daughter was dearest of him among all children, the SSP said. The acrimonious atmosphere, primarily for the reason of second marriage of Mushtaq had been building up in the family over a period of time, he said. 

 “Fahmeeda hence hatched a conspiracy to eliminate her step daughter. On the fateful day she took her step daughter to the nearby jungle and was armed with an axe and sharp edged knife. While she was on way to forests with her step daughter she signaled her son Sahil ( step brother of deceased from the same father ) aged about 14 years to be ready for commission of the crime,” said SSP Imtiyaz Hussain.

 “Sahil later on joined her mother in forest area alongwith 02 of his friends namely Kaiser Ahmad aged 19 years son  Sikander Mir and Aadil Ahmad aged 14 years son of  Bashir Ahmad both residents of Trikanjan Boniyar. One more accused Naseer Ahmad Khan aka Guddo aged 28 years son of  Sher Zaman Khanof  Lari, Trikanjan also joined in the commission of crime,” the investigation revealed.

The investigation further revealed that on reaching the spot, the girl was gang raped by the accused in presence and at the instance of her step mother. It was Kaiser who first raped her and then all others including Sahil her step brother took turns to rape the girl. Thereafter Fahmeeda strangulated the girl and Sahil hit her head with axe, killing her on spot.

SSP Imtiyaz Hussain further revealed that after that one of the accused Adil went back his home and brought acid from there in a Plastic bottle. Adil’s household stores the acid for maintenance of the battery of TATA Sumo vehicle possessed by them, he said. While Fahmeeda strangulated her, Sahil hit her head with Axe and Kaiser gouged out her eyes with a sharp knife and then acid was sprinkled on her body parts. Physical condition and preliminary forensic analysis of dead body substantiated all these facts, he said. “Finally Kaiser and Naseer dumped the body in the bushes and covered it with twigs and branches of pine trees,” the police officer said, adding, “ All the material and weapons of offence including Axe and knife have been recovered at the instance of the accused. Also the plastic can containing the acid has been recovered. All the accused have been arrested. The case will be soon chargesheeted for judicial determination.”  

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