An Indian TikTok star, Shivani Khubiyan, was found dead in a box bed with strangulation marks after going missing on June 26.
Her body was found in her beauty parlor in the city of Haryana’s Sonipat, where she lived. Her former business partner, who lives in the beauty parlor, was the one to find her body, according to multiple reports. A foul smell coming from the bed led him to open it, according to the Hindustan Times.
The Times of India reports that the police have a suspect in custody. The suspect is Aarif Mohammad, who repeatedly tried to pursue her even though she rejected him.
In addition to murder allegations, he is also arrested on suspicion of destruction of evidence.
As soon as her former business partner, Neeraj, found her body, he informed the police. Police immediately opened an investigation into her death. Before her death, along with running a salon, Khubiyan also ran a TikTok account with over 100,000 followers.
“Aarif has confessed to the crime. He not only murdered Shivani but had been chatting with her family on social media platforms throughout the night of her murder. He will have to undergo the COVID test before being processed in court,” Deputy Superintendent of Police Virender Singh, the supervising officer on the case, said, per reports.
Singh revealed that Mohammad “used a dupatta to strangle her to death and stuffed the body in the bed used by Neeraj.”
The family disclosed to the authorities that Aarif harassed Khubiyan for over three years. Some sources are investigating whether or not her murder was linked to her popularity on social media.
H/T Hindustan Times
*First Published: Jun 30, 2020, 6:46 pm
Moises Mendez II is a recent graduate from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. He is a freelance journalist based in New York City writing about everything from music to LGBTQ issues.