A 17-year-old Hindu girl was bludgeoned to death with a hammer after the accused paid a visit to her house in Delhi’s Begampur area in Rohini district. The 25-year-old suspect identified as Laik Khan is on the run after the incident. He is alleged to have been pressurising the victim, Neetu, for marriage as per News Nation.
The victim was allegedly bludgeoned to death with a hammer after Khan visited her house on Friday evening. The victim’s kin had gone to fetch some grocery items from the market at the time of the incident, the Police said. Later, Khan bolted the door from outside before fleeing the spot. they added.
The police received a call from the hospital after the girl’s parents rushed the teen to a nearby hospital where she was declared brought dead on arrival.
“Both the suspect and the victim’s families were neighbours in Bawana. One year back the girl’s family had shifted to Begampur. However, the suspect in the case kept visiting the family. We have constituted several teams to arrest Laik,” said P.K. Mishra, DCP Rohini.
A murder case has been registered and further investigation is on, police added.
Neetu’s grief-stricken father told News Nation he wanted revenge, and that his daughter’s murderer Laik, whom he had treated as his own son, should meet the same fate as her. The girl’s mother said Laik had helped the family when her husband’s health had deteriorated, even taking him to hospital when they lived in Bawana. She said the family trusted him, even after she learnt from Neetu about Khan’s earlier proposal of marriage that the girl had turned down. Both parents are factory workers and they live with their son and daughter in a small brick house in Delhi.
On the day of the murder, Laik Khan sent away Neetu’s brother on an errand so that he and the girl would be left alone. Later he hammered Neetu to death, locked the door from outside and fled. The brother saw him leaving in an agitated condition as he was returning.
This murder comes just months after the daylight shooting of Nikita Tomar by another spurned groomer, Tausif Khan, in front of her college in Faridabad. Nikita’s father is now running from pillar to post to gather funds to fight the long legal battle to get justice for his daughter.
Such cases occur with routine frequency in Delhi-NCR, West UP and other parts of the country. This type of grooming jihad, wherein Muslim youth try to lure or coerce Hindu girls (often minors) into sexual relationships or marriage, is an open secret among the less privileged sections of society where it is rampant although it occurs in more affluent sections as well. The nation’s liberal-secular minded intelligentsia, media and judiciary/law enforcement, however, continue to remain in denial.
(With IANS inputs)
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