Guwahati: In a shocking incident from Kaliabor in Assam’s Nagaon district, a 6-year-old girl was allegedly murdered by three juvenile boys, all aged between 8 and 11, after watching porn videos on a mobile phone on Tuesday.

The three juveniles were picked up from Missa near Kaliabor on Wednesday, a day after the horrific crime. The mother and father of the 11-year-old accused, whose phone contained the pornographic material, have also been arrested.

“Initially only one adult was arrested. Later we arrested the mother of the 11-year-old accused boy as well,” a police official told EastMojo.

The two adults were produced before a court on Thursday, while the three accused boys were produced before the juvenile court and will now be sent to a correction home.

Nagaon Superintendent of Police Anand Mishra said the police solved the case within 24 hours by recreating the scene of crime. In a social media post on Thursday, Mishra lamented the lack of family and social intervention as well as institutional guidance that destroyed four lives.

What happened

On October 18, 2021, the Kaliabor Police Station received information about a 6-year-old girl’s body found inside a toilet behind a stone crusher in Missa. 

While the girl’s body was already taken by her family by the time the cops reached the spot, traces of blood were found in the toilet. Investigators and doctors, however, concluded there was no sexual assault. While the girl had injuries on her chest and head, there were no signs of assault on her private parts, the police said.

The police then knew that the murder was committed by a stone crusher. The doctors confirmed that the girl was hit on her head and chest with a stone-like object. After further investigation, the cops found out that the crusher had not been operational for a long time. A watchman lived with his family right opposite the stone crusher. The victim lived in the neighbourhood too. 

While the cops initially suspected the watchman to be involved in the crime, they later found he wasn’t around the scene of crime on the day of the incident. But his youngest son, the 11-year-old juvenile arrested in the case, was. 

“The watchman has a lot of children. His oldest son, who is about 23-24 years old, also has a daughter,” Mrinmoy Das, Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Kalibor Police Station, told EastMojo.

“We have done old-school policing, there was no scientific investigation as such. We interrogated each and every person related to the case and their statements did not seem to add up and that was when we figured out that they were lying and they knew what had happened, after which the father confessed that his son had committed the crime,” he said.

“Unfortunate murder of 6 yr old girl at Missa, Kaliabor solved within 24 Hrs. 3 Juveniles, 1 adult arrested. Accused aged between 8 and 11 are porn addicts capable of conspiracy and gruesome execution of a dastardly crime. Seems it’s time for introspection and Social Intervention,” the Nagaon Police tweeted on Wednesday evening.

The smartphone problem

The watchman’s son was a Class VI student at an English medium school and had not been promoted to the next class for the past two years. He had been given a mobile phone to attend online classes. The other two boys were students of a government school in the area.

Upon investigation, the police found that the child was also found in a compromising position with his sister a month ago. On checking the boy’s mobile phone browsing history, the police found he surfed pornographic sites and even made his friends and cousins watch porn with him.

The child’s parents were not smartphone savvy, the police said, which gave the boy freedom to use the smartphone as he wished. The two other boys also confessed that they would often watch porn together.

The boys were playing with the girl when they thought of reenacting scenes from the porn videos they had watched. They tried to touch the girl, but she resisted. That is when they hit her on the head with a stone. When the girl began crying and threatened to tell her parents that they had hit her, the boys dragged the injured girl into the toilet and hit her on the chest with another stone, killing her instantly.

“When the boys were grilled, they confessed that they had committed the murder. The watchman’s son used to notice his brother and his wife, as well as his parents perform sexual acts and then there was the smartphone. So, a lot of factors led to the boy attaining puberty pre-maturely. It is more alarming that these children made attempts to cover up the crime,” Das said, shocked that boys so young had the courage to kill an already injured child.

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