“A nine-month-old girl died after a man apparently gagged her following an alleged rape bid in Warangal of Telangana”.
“The accused, aged around 28, took the baby in the wee hours while she was asleep alongside her parents on the terrace of their house and sexually assaulted her”.
“The man, who stays in the same neighborhood as that of the victim, seems to have gagged her when she started crying, results in her death”.
In the meanwhile, the parents of the girl informed the police that their daughter was missing. The police traced the accused, a laborer, and found the baby with him.
“She was rushed to a nearby hospital, but was declared brought dead,” ” a senior police officer told.
A case under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 376 (rape), 302 (murder) and the relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was registered against the accused, who was taken into custody and was being questioned, a police official involved in the investigation said.
The body of the victim was shifted to a state-run hospital and the exact cause of her death and whether she was sexually assaulted or not would be known after an autopsy, he asserted.
The Correspondent Bureau with inputs from agencies