Pedophile serial killer who liked to break little girls' legs before sexually assaulting and killing them arrested in India

The 20-year-old man was apprehended by police after a massive manhunt was launched following the death of a three-year-old girl


                            Pedophile serial killer who liked to break little girls' legs before sexually assaulting and killing them arrested in India

A serial killer who was nabbed by Indian authorities for the rape and murder of a three-year-old girl confessed he had committed nine other such attacks across the country and that he liked to break his victims' legs before sexually assaulting and killing them because it "aroused" him.

According to Times of India, the man arrested for the brutal rape and murder of the three-year-old girl in Gurugram — a city located to the south-west of the country's capital in New Delhi — on November 12 has been identified as 20-year-old Sunil. 



 

He was apprehended in Magarpur village in the state of Uttar Pradesh after a massive manhunt and soon revealed to the police that he had previously preyed on nine other young girls. The confession resulted in authorities terming him as one of the "worst pedophile serial killers" in the country, and the extent of his crimes are now coming to light.

Students hold up placards as they chant slogans in front of a Police cordon during a protest against the rise in rape incidents in India (Getty Images)
Students hold up placards as they chant slogans in front of a Police cordon during a protest against the rise in rape incidents in India (Getty Images)

The 20-year-old confessed he liked to break the girls' legs before raping them because it aroused him, with his most recent three-year-old victim discovered 300 yards away from where she was reported missing and found to have leg injuries, a smashed skull and a wooden stick in her private parts. The Daily Mail reported that medical examiners concluded she died from "the head injury and excessive internal bleeding".

Indian police say Sunil raped and murdered at least nine girls, all pre-adolescents, in areas surrounding Delhi, Gwalior, and Jhansi. Like the three-year-old victim, two others he targeted and killed in November 2016 and January 2016 were discovered with head and leg injuries.

The 20-year-old admitted to authorities that he would look for his victims around 'bhandaras' — community kitchens that offer free food during religious festivals — where he would hang out and keep an eye out for a child eating alone. He would then lure them away with the promise of sweets and chocolates before violently attacking them and sexually assaulting them. 

Sunil would lure the children with the promise of sweets and chocolates before violently attacking them and sexually assaulting them (Getty Images)
Sunil would lure the children with the promise of sweets and chocolates before violently attacking them and sexually assaulting them (Getty Images)

Police had trouble tracking down Sunil because neither did he have a fixed place of residence or maintain a job and nor did he use a mobile phone that could be tracked down.

He would sleep anywhere he could, including pavements, bus stops, and temple courtyards, all the while keeping a lookout for his next victim. A police officer said that the 20-year-old confessed that "all he wanted was tasty food at bhandaras and young girls to satisfy his lust."  

Officers got lucky when Sunil decided to kidnap the three-year-old from an area close to an Emaar MGF housing society, with CCTV cameras capturing the 20-year-old walking away with the victim in tow. He was caught on footage again two days later near a bus stand and authorities finally managed to zero in on him and apprehend him.

The authorities have maintained contact with their counterparts from the states where Sunil committed the attacks and have secured eight days' remand from the court so they can uncover his other crimes, reports TOI