A 3-year-old girl was kidnapped, gang-raped and beheaded by two men, according to Hindustan Times, which reports authorities are still searching for the child’s head.
On July 25, the girl was sleeping next to her mother at a train station in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand when the woman’s boyfriend, 36-year-old Rinku Sahu, snatched the tot. According to police, Sahu is married and has three young children of his own.
When the mother couldn’t locate her daughter, she alerted police officers, who examined surveillance video.
That footage showed Sahu picking the girl up as she slept, then leaving the train platform with her. Sahu then brought the girl to a scrapyard and he and another man, Kailash Kumar, raped her, according to police.
The girl reportedly started to scream, prompting Sahu to find a sharp object, cut off her head and then stuff her body into a bag. The men then dumped the bag behind a wall on a property nearby in the early morning hours of July 26.
The newspaper reports that the pair confessed to the crimes during an interrogation and told investigators where the headless corpse was located.
As of Friday, however, authorities were still searching for the baby’s severed head. Dogs had been deployed in the effort, but thus far have not turned anything up, according to a police official.
Authorities are now asking sanitation workers and rag pickers for help in locating the head.
Sahu reportedly has a lengthy criminal record and has previously been accused of sexual assault and attempted murder, sources told the newspaper.
The murder weapon also has not been found.
Sahu and Kumar are facing murder charges in connection with the child’s death.
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[Feature Photo: CCTV]