A three-year-old girl found dead in a field in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri on Thursday morning was raped and strangled, the police said today. This is the third rape-murder of a minor in the district in the 20 days.
The girl had been missing since Wednesday. Her body was found just half a kilometer from her home with injuries.
Yesterday, the police had called it murder. Sexual assault was confirmed by the autopsy, said the police.
The child's father had accused another villager, Lekhram, in his complaint to the police. He had alleged that his daughter was kidnapped and killed in an old rivalry.
The police have formed four teams to look for the accused man, said Satendra Kumar, the district police chief.