A seven-year-old girl in Allahabad was first raped, then murdered three weeks later to prevent her from sharing details of the crime. Yesterday, the police hit her father and other relatives with batons or lathis as they objected to her being buried by the cops. The police says that handing her body to the family would have triggered a potential law and order problem. The child was raped on the 5th of this month, allegedly by a 15-year-old who lived next door to her in their village 50 km from Allahabad. Her family says that for weeks, the police refused to register a case; on Sunday, the teen suspect was arrested. Two days after that, the child was dragged out of her home at night by five people, including the father of the alleged rapist. The child was then stabbed to death, according to the police case. Among those arrested is the head of the village council, who was reportedly a close friend of the alleged rapist’s father. Because of his influence, the girl’s family says, the police tried to avoid registering a case. The police says that the alleged rapist’s father wanted to prevent the child from testifying against his son. He has been arrested.