Kerala on Sunday bode a tearful adieu to the five-year-old Bihar girl, who was allegedly raped and strangled to death by a migrant worker, also from Bihar, on Friday after she was abducted from her house near Aluva in Ernakulam district.
Hundreds of people turned up at a primary school near Aluva, where her body was placed for public homage, and at the burial ground.
The alleged accused, Asfak Alam, 28, was arrested by police on Friday night itself, but he confessed to the crime only on Saturday, leading to recovery of the girl’s body in a heap of marshy garbage at a deserted land near a market in Aluva.
As the postmortem report confirmed that the girl was sexually assaulted in a brutal manner, police slapped relevant sections of POCSO Act, apart from murder, against the accused. On Sunday, he was produced before a magistrate court, which remanded him in judicial custody for 14 days.
Meanwhile, Opposition Congress and BJP targeted the home department handled by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Congress state president K Sudhakaran said Vijayan has converted Kerala into a “roaming ground of criminals”. The girl has become a martyr of the inefficiency of the home department, Sudhakaran alleged.
BJP state president K Surendran said the incident has proved that Vijayan’s home department is an “utter failure”.