7-year-old Attending Wedding at Lonavala Resort Found on Terrace with Throat Slit

A 7-year-old girl was found with her throat slit on the terrace of a Lonavala resort

LONAVALA, INDIA:  The police in Maharashtra are investigating the alleged rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl who was found on the terrace of a resort in Lonavala near Mumbai with her throat slit. An angry crowd of local residents on Wednesday vandalized the resort.

The girl, a Class two student, was attending a cousin’s wedding with her parents on Sunday night and was missing for two days before her body was found rolled up in a carpet, behind a solar panel on the terrace.

Her father has been quoted in reports as saying she was partially vision impaired and insisted on coming for the wedding even though he was concerned that she could not see properly.

The wedding ceremony began on Sunday evening at Kumar Resort, owned by a former BJP legislator.

At around 9 pm, the family realized she was missing and, after looking for her, went to the police.

The girl’s body was found on Tuesday morning by a resort employee who had gone to the terrace to clean a solar water heater. He found a rolled up carpet behind one of the solar panels. The child had cuts all over her body, her clothes were torn and her jewellery was missing.

Doctors at a Pune hospital said the girl had been sexually assaulted and murdered.

The girl’s father alleges that she could have been saved if the resort management and police had acted fast.

The resort workers are being questioned by the police.