This is the horrifying moment a man was caught on CCTV leading a six-year-old girl down a dark street before brutally raping and murdering her.
The girl had gone missing after she was snatched from a nearby wedding in Gwalior, India.
Her body was discovered in a wooded area shortly after, with her face badly mutilated.
CCTV footage shows the man taking the girl down a deserted street at around 11.30pm on Thursday.
The girl can be seen walking next to the man before she tries to make a break for it and escape.
But after he shouts for her to stop, she turns around and they walk off together.
The man was later caught returning alone at around 2.30am.
The girl’s parents raised the alarm after noticing the girl had gone missing from the wedding venue.
Police launched a search in the area throughout the night and eventually discovered the body of the child in a field just 500metres away from the marriage function.
A member of the catering team who was hired for the reception was arrested based on the CCTV footage.
An investigation is still ongoing and the suspect is being questioned.
A post-mortem report suggested the girl’s face had been badly mutilated by a large stone.
Dharmraj Meena, the Senior Superintendent of Police of Gwalior, said: ‘Our team reached the spot along with the forensic experts, after seeing the crime scene it is quite clear that the child had undergone a brutal sexual assault.
‘The criminal had used a big stone to smash her face and kill her. We have started an investigation and the culprit will be apprehended soon.
‘Right now we have zeroed in on one person who is a part of the catering team, we are questioning him for further leads.’