The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday, 8 April, issued notices to the Police Commissioner of Mumbai and Maharashtra's Director General of Police over the alleged rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl.
The child had gone missing on 4 April from a slum in Juhu, and her body was found in the drainage chamber of a public toilet in Vile Parle, two days later.
“The NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of a media report that a nine-year-old girl, who had gone missing on 4 April from Nehru Nagar slum area of Juhu Mumbai was found murdered on 6 April,” the rights panel said in a statement.
The Mumbai Police later in the day arrested the accused, 35-year-old Vadivelu Chintambi Devendra, from his residence, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IX) Paramjit Singh Dahiya said, reported Scroll.in.
Accused a Serial Offender
The accused was released from jail last year after he finished his sentence for raping a minor girl in 2013.
“The culprit has a criminal background as he was reportedly arrested by the police in the year 2013. The local police officials are expected to be vigilant about suspicious activities of these anti-social elements so that such heinous crimes could be averted,” the panel said, asking the police to submit a report in four weeks.
According to the media report, carried on Sunday, the mother of the victim has stated that the girl had gone to get a packet of tea after which she disappeared.
A missing complaint was lodged with the details about the location and uniform she was wearing.
(With inputs from Scroll.in and PTI)
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