Woman murdered at friend's house in Delhi

Woman murdered at friend's house in Delhi

A 25-year-old mother of one was found smothered to death at her friend's house in Delhi, police sources said Wednesday. 

Police are investigating if she was sexually assaulted before the murder in the Okhla area in south-east Delhi Tuesday, they said.

Four young men, including the son of a councillor, were detained Wednesday in connection with the murder, a police official said, not wanting to be named.
Police received a call from an elderly woman that a young woman, who was her son's friend, had committed suicide.

Initial post-mortem reports the police received indicated that the woman had been smothered.

On receiving the report, police hunted down the caller's son, identified as Rahul. He was questioned till late Wednesday evening.

The deceased, a divorcee, had a child.
Rahul had taken to visiting her two years ago -- after her divorce -- at her home in Tehkhand village in Okhla.

Neighbours said Rahul and a few of his friends entered the house the day the woman died.

A few months ago, Rahul had married another woman.
Sources said the victim allegedly turned up at Rahul's house Tuesday with her child. There were arguments, and the woman was later found dead at Rahul's Okhla residence.

Among other men held for the crime is the son of the dead woman's landlord.
Senior police officers denied reports that the woman was raped. They however added that only a further medical examination would firmly rule out rape before murder.