PRATAPGARH (UP): A 12-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped and murdered by four men at Esthan village under Nawabganj police station area here yesterday.
The girl was abducted last evening when she was going to meet her mother working in a nearby field, police said. The accused took her to a secluded place and allegedly raped her and before strangulating her, they said.
Another girl of the same village, who was passing by, heard the cries of the victim but chose to remain silent out of fear, police said adding that this morning however when the dead body was discovered, she gave out the names of the perpetrators of the crime.
An FIR has been lodged and efforts were on to arrest the culprits.