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Barabanki rape-murder: Police arrest 19-year-old relative of girl

A DAY after a Dalit girl was raped and strangled in a village in Barabanki, the police on Friday arrested a 19-year-old distant relative of the victim in connection with the case. Police claimed that the accused, who hails from the same village as the victim, has confessed to raping and killing the girl.

Clearing the confusion over the age of the victim, the police confirmed that she was below 18 and booked the accused under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, along with relevant IPC sections. The police had initially filed a murder case against an unidentified person. Later, after the postmortem report confirmed sexual assault, the charge of rape under IPC section 376 was added to the FIR.

News source ~ Indian Express