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Three held after girl, 3, raped and beheaded in India

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The mother's partner is being held in connection with the horrific crime.

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New Delhi – A 3-year-old girl was allegedly raped and beheaded
after she was kidnapped from a railway platform in India’s eastern
state of Jharkhand, police said Thursday.

Three men – two believed to have sexually assaulted and killed the
girl and a third who is the mother’s partner – were arrested late
Tuesday, railway police officer Ehtesham Waquarib said.

The girl was sleeping with her mother at the Tatanagar railway
station in Jamshedpur city last Friday when she went missing. A
police complaint was filed at the time.

CCTV footage showed a man walking away with a sleeping child in his
arms, helping the police to identify the suspects.

“We arrested two suspects in their thirties, who led us to the
mutilated body of the child, which was found in a bag at an isolated
place. They confessed to raping, strangling and beheading the child,”
Waquarib said.

One of the suspects recently served a sentence for kidnapping a child
and attempting to kill her in 2015, the police said.

The mother told the police she suspected her partner of involvement
in the crime and his role is being investigated, police said.

Sniffer dogs were being used to find the child’s head which is still
missing, he added.

This is the latest in the series of brutal incidents of rape and
sexual violence reported from India.

India has been in the spotlight in recent years over incidents of
sexual violence against women. In 2012, the fatal gang rape of a
student on a bus in New Delhi led to massive public outcry and
tougher laws.

dpa