Fifteen-year-old Alisha* was alone at home on Friday, when an unexpected visit by their 21-year-old acquaintance led to her hospitalisation and subsequent death in Kerala. The minor, who hails from an underprivileged family, had migrated with her parents from West Bengal 8 months ago to settle in Tirur.
"Her father had gone back home and her mother had gone out for work. The family made a living by doing odd jobs and housework in and around Tirur. Around 12.30 pm on Friday, the 21-year-old boy knocked on the doors of their rented house to demand that Alishaâ€™s father return the money he had borrowed. An altercation broke out between the duo and the man ended up stabbing the girl," a senior officer from Tirur told TNM.
Contrary to some reports which state that the man stabbed the girl when she said no to his advances, police officers said that the issue was about a loan the girl's father had taken from the accused.
Alisha was immediately rushed to the Kozhikode medical college for treatment. However, she passed away from the injuries on Friday evening.
"She passed away at 6 pm. The Kozhikode medical college confirmed this. However, we are not sure about the number of times he stabbed her or where the injuries are. The body is currently at the hospital, and a postmortem is being done, after which we will receive clarity on these questions," the officer added.
The police have nabbed the man, who is currently in custody. However, an FIR is yet to be filed as the inquest on the culprit is still happening.
"We have called the CSR to question the accused. We couldn't finish the inquest as the accused could not speak Malayalam. So, we had to get someone who could speak in Hindi. Once, the questioning is done, we will file an FIR and strongly take up the case," the officer said.