Jharkhand: A man raped 16 year old minor girl and his group supported

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In Chatra distric on friday, a minor girl was allegedly raped and later burnt alive by a man and his supporters. The police said that, “the accused were allegedly enraged after the village panchayat imposed a penalty of Rs 50,000 on them on Friday for raping the girl the night before.”

The minor girl was studying in 8th std and the alleged group initially thrashed the girl’s parents during a hearing at the kangaroo court, forcing them to run for their life, eyewitnesses told the police and then the girl was set on fire.

The incident took place at Raja Kendua village under the Itkhori police station in Chatra district soon after the kangaroo court, convened by the local Mukhiya and others, passed the order to pay a fine to the girl’s family and asked the accused to do sit-ups, police said quoting the villagers.

According to the family members of the 16-year-old victim, the accused had earlier abducted the victim from her cousin’s home and raped her before letting her go, the girl had gone to attend a marriage ceremony at her cousin’s home on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

The victim’s father said, “After the incident, we approached the village elders who suggested holding a panchayat in the village on Friday morning to decide the punishment. When the panchayat imposed a cash penalty, the accused and his men got infuriated and started thrashing us. We ran away to save our lives. He added however, when we returned after half an hour, we found our daughter burnt and dead inside our home.”

Deputy superintendent of police Pitamber Singh Kherwar said, “The panchayat was convened to settle the issue on Friday when the accused and others thrashed the girl’s parents and set the girl on fire. She died on the spot. He added, ” The police have launched a man-hunt to nab the culprits.”

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