Indian news channels and social media has been in a frenzy, since the body of a three-year-old (some reports say two and a half year old) has been found in a dumping ground in India.
Reports say the girl was abducted and her mutilated body was carried by stray dogs out of a dumping ground on Sunday June 2, in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. Since the news broke there has been widespread condemnation and outrage sparked on social media via hashtags and tweets from leading figures across India.
Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar tweeted: ‘Horrified, upset and angry to know about baby
#TwinkleSharma! This is definitely not the kind of world we want for our children. We need immediate and strictest punishment for such a heinous crime.’
Sonam K Ahuja, popular Bollywood actress is very well known for being outspoken on such issues. She tweeted: ‘What has happened to baby twinkle is. Heartbreaking and horrific. I pray for her and her family. I also urge people to not make this into a selfish agenda. This is a little girls death, not a reason to spread your hate.’
While the hashtag #JusticeForTwinkle has been trending in India, facts are still unclear about what exactly happened. Some news reports and netizens have shockingley claimed that the minor, who has been named as Twinkle Sharma, was raped, had her eyes gouged out, and was poured acid on.
However, Aligarh Police who are dealing with the case, have said on their social media that reports of the minor being raped, her eyes being gauged out and acid being poured on her are untrue. Aligarh Police clarified on social media that a girl aged 2 years and six months was abducted on May 31, 2019 close to her home in Tappal, of which a FIR was lodged. The statement continues that her dead body was found on June 2, and two men named Zahid and Aslam have been arrested on June 4, in connection to her murder. Post mortem reveals that she was not raped, but the abduction is believed to have been about ‘an altercation over money’ between the child’s father and the accused.
Reports also claim that the accused, have confessed to the crime. They were neighbours of the minor and lived about half a kilometre away. Initial investigations have suggested that the motive was revenge, as the girl’s parents allegedly failed to repay a loan of Rs. 10,000.
The case is said to be progressed to a fast track court.