New Delhi: A 21-year-old woman was brutally stabbed to death in broad daylight by her 34-year-old stalker, who attacked her nearly 22 times as passers-by looked on in north Delhi's Burari area.
The accused, identified as Surender Singh, carried out the frenzied attack when the victim, Karuna, was walking through the area at 9 am.
She was a teacher at Novel Reaches School, police said. Scooterists and passersby looked on as Singh dragged the girl, who fell down as she tried to save herself, and relentlessly attacked her. Singh stabbed the woman 22 times.
A man tried to approach but backed off and left from there. Some onlookers later caught Singh and handed him over to the police.
Singh had been stalking the girl for a year but she resisted his advances, said a senior police officer.
The victim used to learn computer at a training centre owned by the accused and he fell in love with her, police said.
The victim's family had lodged a complaint against the stalker six months ago but both the families reached a compromise and the accused had stopped stalking her, said the victim's family.
However, he attacked her on Tuesday and brutally killed her, police said.
Family members of the girl gathered outside Sushruta Trauma Centre (ISBT), broke down on hearing the news.
“The man was harassing my sister for long time. He stays in Rohini. His name is Aditya Malik. We had registered a complaint 6 months ago after which he had calmed down until now,” said Karuna’s brother.
The Centre has sought a report from Delhi Police. "We have sought a fact report from Delhi Police Commissioner over the incident. Whatever happened is very sad," Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju told reporters.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia hit out at Delhi Police over the murder in Burari, saying the force should "focus" on ensuring security of people rather than "harassing" AAP legislators.
"Shocking incident in Delhi of stabbing of 21-yr old woman. Delhi Police needs to focus on citizen's security than harassing AAP MLAs (sic)," Sisodia tweeted.
At least 11 AAP MLAs have been arrested by the Delhi Police since the party came to power in the national capital in February last year.
In July, Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan was arrested after a woman alleged that a vehicle he was sitting in tried to mow her down. Deoli MLA Prakash Jarwal was arrested on charges of misbehaving with a woman the same month.
Another party MLA Dinesh Mohaniya was arrested in June on charges of molestation and sexual harassment amid high drama when he was addressing a press conference....