Girl kills father with boyfriend's help, says wanted 'freedom back'
In a case which has sent chills down the spine of residents of Rajajinagar, Bengaluru, a 15-year-old girl allegedly killed her father last week as he disliked her friendship with her 19-year-old boyfriend, named Praveen. The deceased, a 41-year-old garments businessman, was found dead on Sunday. According to the police, the girl was angry with her father and hatched the plan with her boyfriend.
The teens studied in the same school and were pretty tight. Even after Praveen went off to pursue his graduation, the two stayed in touch. A TOI report claimed Praveen gifted a phone to the minor and they used to have long conversations. "When the girl's father learned about it, he asked his daughter to end the friendship," a police officer said.
A couple of days ago, the deceased thrashed the girl for continuing to be friends with Praveen prompting her to "plan the crime". Over time, Praveen and the minor talked about how they could take "revenge" for her "embarrassment". Last week, when the girl's mother and brother went to Puducherry to attend a wedding, the duo killed the deceased.
Over the weekend, the girl spiked her father's milk with sleeping pills and asked Praveen to come to her house. Apparently, she slapped her father several times to be sure that he had dozed off. The two then used kitchen knives to stab the deceased and slit his throat. Later, they shifted his body to the toilet seat and tried removing bloodstains.
The teens spent several hours trying to figure out how to dispose of the body. "They decided to burn the body and to make it look like someone else had entered the house and murdered him," DCP N Shashikumar said. Reportedly, the girl left home at 7 AM, purchased three bottles of water, emptied it and got it filled with petrol.
Shashikumar then revealed that around 10:30 AM, Praveen set the body on fire. "Praveen suggested she should rush to the terrace and scream for help. By then, neighbors had alerted the fire control room," he added. Praveen had thought he would escape in the commotion but neighbors noticed him. When the duo was questioned by police to understand series of events, they revealed everything.
On sustained interrogation, the girl broke down and said she murdered her father to "get her freedom back". The fact that the deceased reprimanded her for dating and cut her phone privileges made her furious. Meanwhile, the girl's mother has told police her daughter couldn't have committed the crime. A relative said the mother is finding it difficult to cope with twin tragedies.
Shocked with what happened, a family friend of the deceased said, "I still remember attending his daughter's first birthday at a hotel in Rajajinagar. He loved his daughter." Meanwhile, Praveen's family said they are law-abiding citizens and he should be punished if he has committed a crime. While Praveen was reportedly remanded in judicial custody, the minor was sent to a juvenile home.