The body of a 10-year-old girl was found hanging on a clothesline to make it look like she committed suicide after she was allegedly raped and murdered, police say.
Kartika Salina, affectionately called Putri by her friends and family, is said to have been killed on May 14 in Bima City, West Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia.
The victim’s parents were already on their way to work when she was found. They went straight home after being told about her body.
Initially, residents suspected that the girl had hanged herself. But the results of a police investigation revealed that there was foul play.
The results of the post-mortem investigation confirmed that Putri had been raped and tortured before being hanged.
Bima district chief of police, deputy chief of police, Haryo Tejo, said injuries to the victim’s genitals and other parts of her body indicated that she had been raped.
He said, “The position of the victim’s legs when hanging up was suspicious. We also found some wounds on her body.”
A neighbor living near the rental house was identified as the prime suspect and was later arrested.
The chief of police added, “The relationship between the victim and the suspect was indeed close. They both migrated from Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara province.”