New Delhi: A 16-year-old girl was stabbed multiple times and then stoned to death in full public view in northwest Delhi's Shahbad Dairy area. A video of the incident has been widely shared on social media on Monday.
Reacting to the brutal incident, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked Lt Governor VK Saxena to "do something" as law and order in Delhi is his responsibility.
The accused, identified as Sahil (20), allegedly stabbed the victim over 20 times before bludgeoning her with a stone in a busy lane of the densely populated neighbourhood.
Sahil has been arrested from Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh, the Delhi Police said.
Delhi Police PRO Suman Nalwa said the accused worked as a fridge and AC mechanic.
In the video which has been widely circulated on social media, people can be seen passing by, staring in alarm, but not doing anything to stop the accused. Sahil later escaped from the spot.
The police said the reason behind the murder is not known yet, adding that the body of the victim, a resident of JJ Colony in Shahbad Dairy, was found lying in the street. She was passing through the street when she was accosted by the accused, who stabbed her multiple times on Sunday night, a police officer said.
The couple was in a relationship but had a quarrel on Saturday. On Sunday, the victim planned to attend the birthday party of her friend's son but was accosted and stabbed repeatedly. She was also hit with a stone, he added.
A case under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at Shahbad Dairy police station on the basis of the complaint lodged by the victim's father. "The reason behind the murder is not known yet," said a senior police officer.
Kejriwal reacts to the murder
Hitting out at Lt Governor VK Saxena over the incident, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked him to "do something" as law and order in Delhi is his responsibility.
Taking to Twitter, Kejriwal wrote, "A minor girl was brutally murdered 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." Senior AAP leader Atishi also slammed the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) and said the Constitution has given the L-G the "responsibility of protecting people" of the Union Territory.
दिल्ली में खुलेआम एक नाबालिग बच्ची की बेरहमी से हत्या कर दी जाती है। ये बेहद दुखद और दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण है। अपराधी बेख़ौफ़ हो गए हैं, पुलिस का कोई डर ही नहीं है। LG साहब, क़ानून व्यवस्था आपकी ज़िम्मेदारी है, कुछ कीजिए। दिल्ली के लोगों की सुरक्षा सबसे महत्वपूर्ण है। https://t.co/3i1eLoYYqv— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 29, 2023
दिल्ली में खुलेआम एक नाबालिग बच्ची की बेरहमी से हत्या कर दी जाती है। ये बेहद दुखद और दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण है। अपराधी बेख़ौफ़ हो गए हैं, पुलिस का कोई डर ही नहीं है। LG साहब, क़ानून व्यवस्था आपकी ज़िम्मेदारी है, कुछ कीजिए। दिल्ली के लोगों की सुरक्षा सबसे महत्वपूर्ण है। https://t.co/3i1eLoYYqv
Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Swati Maliwal slammed the police and claimed that "no one is afraid" of the police or law in the national capital. "What was the fault of the 16-year-old girl that she was brutally killed on the road? No one is afraid of police and law in Delhi. There will be no limits to cruelty if there's no action in this case," Maliwal said.
BJP leader Kapil Mishra compared the murder with that of Shraddha Walkar, who was killed and her body chopped into several parts.
"This painful murder has happened in Delhi. Shraddha (Walkar) hasn't got justice yet. Don't know how many more Shraddhas will become victims of this brutality," he said.
Inputs from PTI