"It was then she turned for guidance to a tantric, or holy man. It was under his instruction that she brutally sacrificed the boy - offering his blood and remains to the Hindu goddess of destruction.
There are temples across India that are devoted to the goddess. Childless couples, the impoverished and sick visit to pray that she can cure them.
Animal sacrifice is central to worship - but humans have not been temple victims since ancient times.
We were met with a hostile reception at the temple in Meerut. The high priest did not want us to see the ritual slaughter.
Tantrics like him clearly have an overwhelming grip on their followers. Often they are profiting from people's fears. In extreme cases others have instructed their followers to kill.
S Raju is a journalist for the Hindustan Times and has been reporting on child sacrifice cases since 1997 in western Uttar Pradesh. He has reported on 38 similar cases.
In one incident he says a tantric told a young man that if he hanged and killed a small boy and lit a fire at his feet the smoke from the ritual could be used to lure the pretty village girl he had his eye on.
He has been campaigning for a crackdown on the practice of tantrics, alarmed at what he has seen.
"The masses need to be educated and dissuaded from following these men," he said. "They play on people's fears and superstitions - it is crazy."
We visited the jail where those accused of murdering Akash were being held.
The prison warden told us of over 200 cases of child sacrifice in these parts over the last seven years.
He admitted many of the cases go unreported because the police are reluctant to tarnish the image of their state. He told us incidents of child sacrifice are often covered up."
Nuke the bastards! I'm so sick right now, MY GOD! This is just sick. Peaceful religion my ass, racist, classist, kid killing monsters.
*thanks to nate at revleft for posting this information