A 25-year-old woman, grieving over the death of her infant due to pneumonia, was raped and killed by her father who had been angry that she married a man from another caste, police said.
The father accompanied his daughter to the forest on the outskirts of the city to bury her dead baby but instead raped and killed her on 5 November, Bhopal city superintendent of police Umesh Tiwari said. He left their bodies in the forest.
It was only nine days later, on November 14, that the police found the bodies after being alerted by a forest guard.
Initially, police officers were only looking at a murder case. Tiwari said it was only when the body was sent for an autopsy that it turned out that she had been raped before she was strangled too.
The 55-year-old was booked for murder and rape. His 23-year-old son has been charged for the murder conspiracy.
The accused had been upfront about killing his daughter and told his son about the murder, not the rape. The next day, the two also told his elder daughter that he killed her sibling.
“During interrogation, the father said he was looking for a chance to kill his daughter and when she contacted him, he couldn’t control his anger,” the father told the police after his arrest, according to police officer Umesh Tiwari.
He reportedly said villagers used to mock him and many relatives stopped inviting his family over because of his daughter’s inter-caste marriage.
The woman lived in the Shujalpur area of Shajapur district with her husband. On October 20, she went with her baby to celebrate Diwali to her elder sister’s house in Bhopal since her husband was going to be in Chhatisgarh capital Raipur for some time. He worked with a tent house.