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Uttar Pradesh: Seven-year-old girl raped and murdered in Etah

A seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered in Etah district during an ongoing wedding ceremony, by a youth who was hired to setup tent for the occasion.

The incident took place in Sitalpur village, two km away from Kotwali Nagar police station on Tuesday early morning. The victim's body was found abandoned in an under construction home, close to the wedding venue. After the incident, the accused identified as Sonu Jatav fled away, but was later caught by police.

A resident of Sitalpur, the victim along with her parents had come to attend wedding ceremony of a local journalist's sister. The girl went missing during garland exchange ceremony, while parents kept on searching for her whereabouts.

"Later at around 1:30 am, the unconscious girl was found in semi-naked condition, with strangulation mark on her neck. Her abdomen also had blood stains," Times of India quoted a source.

After the incident, the girl was declared brought dead in government hospital of Etah.

Superintendent of police, Etah, Akhilesh Chaurasia, said, "The girl's body has been sent for post-mortem, while the accused has been arrested. Based on the written complaint of victim's family, the accused Sonu has been booked under IPC section 302 (murder), 376 (rape) and POCSO act."