The Hush Post| 6:09 pm|one-minute-read|
A man was accused of raping and killing his daughter after she eloped with her boyfriend. The crime was committed in 2013. However, on Friday the alleged killers were acquitted by a court in Thane in Maharashtra.
As per the prosecution, the man and his friend nabbed the girl and her boyfriend from Kashimira area here after they had eloped in October, 2013. They then took them to Sanjay Gandhi National Park where the two, including the father, gangraped the girl and then strangulated her.
The two accused then hid the body in the bushes, the prosecution said.
Judge PP Jadhav, in his order on Friday, acquitted them under sections of IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act stating that the prosecution had failed to prove the case.
Defence lawyer Ramrao Jagtap said the two were given benefit of the doubt by court. The prosecution had failed to prove points like where they were last seen, plus lack of eye-witnesses in the national park where the girl was said to have been killed.