In a gut-wrenching incident that took place in the national capital, a 20-year-old man murdered his teenage girlfriend by stabbing her over 16 times and bludgeoning her head with a huge stone repeatedly even as passersby watched.
As per the latest reports, the accused – identified by the police as Sahil, an AC, fridge mechanic, was arrested near Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh on Monday.
The murder happened in Delhi’s Shahbad Dairy area on Sunday night. The whole incident was caught on CCTV camera. After crushing her body, Sahil walked off without any remorse.
According to PTI, the couple was in a relationship but had a quarrel on Saturday. The following day, the 16-year-old victim named Sakshi was on her way to attend a birthday party when she was intercepted by Sahil who then went on to stab her mercilessly.
Many people passed by but no one came forward to help Sakshi.
A case under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code was registered at Shahbad Dairy police station on the basis of the complaint lodged by the victim’s father.
The Delhi, police has called the brutal murder an act of passion.
“As per the information as of now, they knew each other and there was some quarrel or they parted ways. The accused (Sahil) had a grudge and he did this kind of gruesome murder,” said Delhi Police Special CP Dependra Pathak.
Delhi’s safety is LG’s responsibility, tweets CM
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted about the incident and questioned Lieutenant Governor Vinai Saxena over the freehand given to criminals.
“A minor girl is brutally murdered openly in Delhi. This is very sad and unfortunate. The criminals have become fearless, there is no fear of the police. LG sir, law and order is your responsibility, do something. The safety of the people of Delhi is of paramount importance,” he tweeted.
Delhi minister Saurabh Bharadwaj also tweeted, declaring: “If LG saab is not doing his work then what is the responsibility? The law and order situation in Delhi has reached the lowest level. There is open bloodshed. Even today the incident of Shahabad is very shameful. LG saab has completely failed.”
DCW calls for urgent meet
Reacting strongly, Delhi Commission of Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal demanded an urgent meeting with Union Home Minister, Lieutenant Governor, Delhi CM and Delhi Police Commissioner to discuss the safety of women.
“Every day there is news of a woman or small girls getting raped and murdered. It has just boiled down to case after case. How long should the daughters of the country wait to seek justice? Is the system sleeping?,” she told PTI.
(With inputs from agencies)