Neighbour rapes 12-year-old, kills her to avoid detection

He lured the Std VII student while she was returning to her Vasai home from school, on the pretext of dropping her on his motorcycle

He offered the child a lift on his motorcycle, and then allegedly went on to brutally rape and murder her. Cops yesterday arrested Rahul Gajanan Tumbda less than 12 hours after the body of the 12-year-old girl was recovered from an isolated farmland in Sharja-Mori village near Vasai. The 20-year-old has been booked under sections 302 (murder) and 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code, and sections 4 and 8 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.

Rahul Gajanan Tumbda (20) was arrested yesterday for allegedly raping and murdering a 12-year-old girl in Vasai
Rahul Gajanan Tumbda (20) was arrested yesterday for allegedly raping and murdering a 12-year-old girl in Vasai

The girl, a Std VII student of a nearby Zilla Parishad school, had mysteriously disappeared while returning home on January 17. After a frantic search to find her failed, her parents registered a missing person complaint at Waliv police station on Friday. Local cops began a search operation and also informed their counterparts across the region about the disappearance. They received information from native villagers about the body of a girl lying in a semi-nude state at a farmland last morning. A police team reached the spot and, after identifying the body, swung into action.

“We formed several squads and started looking for the victim. Her body was discovered later. After questioning some locals, we got information about the person who was last seen with the girl. A team immediately detained Tumbda, and during interrogation he confessed to the crime,” said Anil Kumbhare, superintendent of police, Thane (Rural).

“The accused owned up that he was her neighbour, and had his eye on her for the last few days. On January 17, when she was walking home, on the pretext of dropping her, he took the child to a secluded spot where
he first raped her, and then, as the victim knew him, he decided to kill her to save himself,” he added.

How the killer was sniffed out
A police officer said that a sniffer dog squad, which was pressed into service, led the cops inside the village, raising strong suspicion about the involvement of a local, who was apparently known to the girl. Following investigations, the police zeroed in on Tumbda, who was last seen with the child. Tumbda finally confessed to the crime. In his statement, he said that he had offered a lift to the girl on his bike, and had then forcibly taken her to the crime spot, where he raped her and then smothered her by blocking her nose and mouth.



  • Sujata20-Jan-2014

    I really don't know what is happening to boys... at the prime time of their age doing all wrong things like of their life is spoiled along with their family...RIP little Girl.. My heart cry for you.... but what to do.... we are living in animal world... how many it that people want to know the meaning of RAPE in they don't understand the meaning in dictionary

  • Dr. Husain20-Jan-2014

    Don't hang such criminals otherwise we shall no be called a democratic country, right. Nonsense Govt. and Judiciary SYSTEM.

  • Alert Citizen20-Jan-2014

    These culprits should be hanged till they are dead. He has already confessed to the crime. There should be no need for any more investigation.

  • iyer20-Jan-2014

    Internet and Mobile data, mms clips is increasing crime among youngsters. Indian cell phones authorities should restrict distribution or access of adult content, and lastly tougher laws needed.

  • Nader Azar20-Jan-2014

    Its time to rename India/Bharat as RAPISTAN! Only then the people will wake up from their deep slumber!

  • Ritesh Singh22-Jan-2014

    there is a lot people can discuss here.. and many of us could learn out of it.. Moreover, in someway, the ill and evil thoughts on the minds of some of the people who are more likely to commit any such offence, would get vanquished and quelled forever. But I guess, media is not keen towards it, but it just wants to raise the rage in readers that wouldn't tread towards any significant and subsequent actions..Else.. it would have not restricted this space to 500 characters only..

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