A 75-year-old woman, relative of a senior law officer in Punjab, was found murdered at her residence here on Thursday with police suspecting that she could have been sexually assaulted.

The victim, who used to live alone, was found done to death in her upscale Sector 21 house, police said.

The victim's son-in-law is a senior law officer while her daughter is a senior faculty member at Panjab University here, sources said.

The sources said one of the victim's kin had been calling her on her phone, but since there was no reply she went to the Sector 21 house only to find her murdered.

Police also suspect that the victim could have been sexually assaulted, but that could be ascertained only after further investigations, they said, adding that at the moment they were not ruling out this angle.

The woman interacted little with her neighbours. The house is located in a busy market area in the heart of the city.

The sensational murder comes just a day after the body of a five-year-old boy who had been kidnapped for ransom here last month was found in Mohali near here. On January 3, another boy was reported missing from near his house in Sector 45 here. - PTI