"her head was also bludgeoned"
Police in Delhi have arrested a 20-year-old man for violently murdering a 16-year-old girl in public.
The horrific incident was captured on CCTV.
Footage showed the man pinning the victim against a wall and repeatedly stabbing her.
As she lay on the floor in a pool of blood, the man picked up a large stone slab and threw it repeatedly at her head, killing her.
The man is then seen walking away before returning and bludgeoning the teenager with the stone again and stomping on her head.
The footage has circulated online and it has led to outrage, partially due to the fact that several people turned a blind eye to the attack and walked by.
The incident was captured on camera in a lane located in the Shahbad Dairy area of Rohini.
Delhi police arrested a suspect, identified as Sahil, who is from Uttar Pradesh.
Officers said the pair were in a relationship and had been arguing before the attack on the evening of May 28, 2023.
The victim was on her way to the birthday party of her friend’s son when she was followed and subsequently attacked by Sahil.
Police arrived at the scene to find her body in a pool of blood.
Preliminary findings of a post-mortem found that the teenager suffered a ruptured skull during the attack. It was also discovered that she was stabbed 16 times.
The victim’s father said: “My daughter was stabbed many times, her head was also bludgeoned into pieces.
“We demand stringent punishment for the accused.”
Even though Sahil was believed to be the victim’s boyfriend, the girl’s mother said he was not known to the family.
She said they tried to ask their daughter about Sahil but she did not say anything.
She added: We never saw Sahil. We demand justice for our daughter.”
Senior police official Ravi Kumar Singh said:
“Sahil and the deceased were in a relationship but yesterday they had a quarrel.
“On Sunday, the deceased was planning to attend her friend Neetu’s son’s birthday. The accused Sahil intercepted her and stabbed her multiple times.”
He added that the suspect has been arrested and the matter is being investigated further.
A friend said the victim and Sahil “had been fighting for quite some time and were not talking to each other”.
Neetu claimed that they were “close friends” and that the girl lived with her.
The chairperson of the National Commission for Women Rekha Sharma said the crime showed the “insensitivity” of the people of Delhi.
She said: “There were several people at the spot when the incident took place but no one took any action to help the girl.
“The case should be heard in a fast-track court and the verdict should come as early as possible.”
Meanwhile, Swati Maliwal, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief, said that the city has become extremely unsafe for women and a notice has been issued to the police over the attack.