Crime
Relatives of the victim took to the streets on Tuesday to allege police inaction as they are yet to zero in on suspects.

At a time when Coimbatore district is still is reeling from the news of the sexual assault and blackmail of multiple women in the district, another shocking case has come to the fore. A 6-year-old girl from the district has allegedly been raped and murdered on Monday. Her body was found close to her residence on Tuesday morning.

According to the police, the victim had gone to play with her friends outside her home after school on Monday evening. At around 6 pm, her parents who were expecting her back home realised that she was missing. They immediately began to search for the child in the neighbourhood and when initial efforts did not help, they approached the local police station. A team of police officers then joined the search operations that went on till the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

"But it was around 7.30 am the next day when we found the girl's body at an alley near her residence," says Mani, the DSP who was at the spot where the body was found. "Her clothes were in a state of disarray and the child seems to have been roughed up. We are suspecting that there could be internal injuries as well. Whether she was raped and the exact cause of death could not be determined by the naked eye. We have sent the body to the government hospital for the autopsy," he added.

The family of the victim and residents of the locality began protesting outside the government hospital on Tuesday afternoon, alleging police inaction in finding the culprit. The agitation was led by the victim’s mother.

“I searched everywhere for my child. She only plays around this locality and doesn’t go anywhere else,” the mother told the media. “When we found her there were wounds all over her body and so much blood. We still don’t know who did this,” she added.

The demonstrators later dispersed after the police assured them that the investigation was underway and necessary action will be taken.

"We believe it was someone known to the girl and from the neighbourhood. We are conducting the probe as of now," says the DSP. "Once the autopsy reports are in we can confirm the exact nature of the crime."