NEW DELHI - The body of a seven-year-old girl who had been raped and strangled was found in India on Tuesday (April 17), compounding outrage over a series of horrific sexual attacks on women or girls.
Nationwide protests have been held in the past week over the gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Jammu and Kashmir state.
In the latest case, the child's body was found on a building site early Tuesday, hours after she went missing from a wedding in the Etah district of Uttar Pradesh state.
Police said a neighbour who was putting up tents for the wedding had been detained on suspicion of luring the girl to the secluded building.
Etah superintendent of police Akhilesh Chaurasia told AFP the man fled but was arrested within hours.
"We have charged him with the rape and murder of the child. We are awaiting the post-mortem reports but prima facie it looks she was strangled to death," Mr Chaurasia said.