As three-year-old Bhavna sat playing with friends near her grandmother’s house in Dwarka on Monday morning, there was little to suggest that she had lost her entire family and narrowly missed a brutal end herself.

Hours before, her father allegedly bludgeoned her mother and two elder sisters to death before killing himself in their own house, also in the vicinity. A large number of neighbours surrounded the innocent girl who was clearly oblivious of the latest development in her family. Although the neighbours felt happy that Bhavna herself had survived, many worried about her future under the circumstances she found herself in after the incident. It was barely a week ago that she had joined a play school and was excited to have a new experience, said her cousin.

As for her parents, everyone was shocked at their sudden death and few could believe that Ravinder could do so. Most standing near the little girl said that Ravinder did not have any vice and gave the impression of a man fully committed to his family. Bhavna’s mother Chanda, some said, was an early riser and was usually seen cleaning the house as early as 5 a.m. which was not the case on Monday.

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