The murder and rape are two major heads under different crimes in India. It is seen women are vulnerable to sexual violence reported in the age group from seven months to seventy year old even physically/mentally handicapped. There is also report that in some sexual offence cases, the rape victim is murdered after having sex desire (rape). Such crime is committed by the rapist to conceal his identity and also to escape punishment. In one case, a disabled girl developed sexual relation with her boyfriend having assurance of marriage. The physical relation continued for a long time, was the only motive to enjoy sex. One day, after usual physical relation, the girl (victim) insisted to fix a date to solemnize the marriage. There was hot altercation between two because of disinterest in marriage. Subsequently, the girl (victim) threatened her boyfriend to lodge complaint to the police. Being upset, the boy friend lost his mental balance and fearing shame and harsh punishment, in a fit of anger strangulated the girl resulting death. The body was dragged and left in an abandoned place. On the following day, police got the information about detection of a dead body. The police and forensic team visited the undisturbed crime spot for investigation. The physical evidence detected in the case and their examination could help to nab the suspect. The details have been discussed in this paper.
Keywords: Disabled girl; Strangulation; Crime spot; Physical evidence; Autopsy study
The crimes under head rape and murder are very alarming in India. As per National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report, there were 38,947 rape and 30,450 murder cases registered in the year 2016 . The incident of rape followed with murder is very less; as such the statistics on such cases are not available in literature. But it is seen women of different age groups are victims of such crime and take place indoor/outdoor/moving vehicle even in custodial place . There are different following factors to kill the victim after having sex [2-4]:
a. To satisfy sex desire (lust) and wipe out evidence by killing
b. Honor killing
c. Serial killing after having sex (Promiscuous sexual behavior)
d. Ritual/occult belief among women disciple
e. Resulting pregnant of the victim being raped several occasion
f. Destroy oral witnesses of rape victim to escape arrest by the police and harsh punishment
g. Satisfy sadistic pleasure
h. Opposition from both families (different communities) to wipe out love-pact by killing
i. Distance between rape-murder is wafer-thin
j. Anger rape
Statistics reveal violence against women are considerably in increasing order due to various social, economic and other factors like lack of education, poverty, male dominance, workplace harassment, extra marital affair, etc. . But there is no exact figure available on rape followed with murder in record since such heinous crimes are very less and rarely reported. In such crime cases, very often the emotional distress of the rapist found aggressive and violent resulting in murder of the victim after committing rape.
A disabled unmarried girl developed sex relation with a boyfriend. Both are resident of the same village. The physical relation continued since the boy promised to marry her. One day, in the evening hour after having sex, the girl insisted to solemnize the marriage. There was hot discussion between two and the disabled girl threatened to lodge complaint to the police. Hearing such threat, the boy was upset, lost his temper and cruelty overpowered. Subsequently, in a fit of anger manually strangulated her to death and abandoned the body. On
following day having seen a half-naked dead body, the villagers
informed the police. Subsequently the police and forensic team
investigated the crime spot to collect physical evidence for
forensic evaluation to establish the crime/criminal.
Body of the deceased was average, stout; eyes and mouth
were partially closed; mild frothing from mouth was present;
post mortem lividity was present over the back; bruises were
present around the neck and in the chest wall at sternal area;
vaginal bleeding was also present; and hymen was found
On dissection, all the organs were found congested. On
dissection of neck, there was fracture of hyoid bone and
engorgement of the tissue at the level of compression present.
No abnormality was detected in scalp, skull, vertebrae, brain
and spinal cord. Peritoneum, lungs, pericardium, heart, stomach,
small intestine, large intestine, liver, spleen and kidneys were
found congested. In the stomach, undigested food particles were
There is alarming number of rape cases registered every
year, but incident of rape-murder cases are comparatively less.
In this case, the love bond was not strong and heavenly between
the love couple. The boyfriend (accused) made the physical
relation only to fulfill his sex desire/lust. Had there been true
love the situation would not have been heinous. However, the
accused fearing allegation to be made to the police, in a fit of
anger strangulated and killed with a motive not to be identified
by the victim if alive. In such situation, the motive of the killer
appears to be psychopath, lack of remorse and empathy having
promiscuous sexual relation behavior. The profile of the criminal
is unique in this case. However, forensic results, autopsy findings
and other circumstantial evidence could establish the crime and
criminal beyond doubt in this case.