12-year-old killed by 18-year-old cousin

Indo Asian News Service

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) A 12-year-old girl was strangled to death by her cousin, an 18-year-old youth, in the Shahbad Dairy area of south Delhi, police said Sunday.

The girl's body was recovered from a shanty near the home of her maternal aunt in the Shahbad Dairy area in west Delhi Saturday, around 10 p.m.

"Prima facie, it appears that she was strangled with a rope. The reason behind the attack is yet to be ascertained. Once the accused is arrested, the story will unravel," a police officer said.

The officer said there was nothing to show that an attempt at rape had occurred.

The victim's 18-year-old maternal cousin has been missing since the incident, and his mobile phone has been switched off.

"A case of murder has been registered against the accused. A hunt is on to nab him," the officer said.