Ranchi: Jharkhand’s Chatra district became witness to a horrific incident, where a 16-year-old girl was gang raped by four men. When her family approached the panchayat seeking justice, a fine of Rs 50000 was imposed on the rapist by the panch. This levying of a fine enraged the culprits who set ablaze the victim’s house, as her parents witness the horrific act of their daughter being burnt to death.
According to the police complaint filed by her parents, the minor girl was going to attend a marriage function at her cousin’s place but on her way, she was picked by one Dhanu Bhuiya and others, in Rajakendua village, which falls under Itkhori police station, Chatra. The accused took her to nearby forest and gang raped. They dumped the girl there only. In the night when she returned home and narrated the ordeal to her parents, who approached the panchayat seeking justice. Outraged by the minor’s parent’s demanding justice and the panch’s decision to fine them for the crime they had committed, these men began trashing the girl’s parent during the meeting itself. Not willing to comply with the decision of the panchayat. They set the victim’s house ablaze and when mother tried to save her daughter, they also broken her hand. The minor was in the house and was burnt to death, as her parent’s witnessed her horrific death.
While the panchayat members and the villagers remain mute spectators of the horrific crime.
Reports coming that two people including mukhiya Teleshwari Devi have been arrested by Chatra police, however Akhilesh Variar the Superintendent of Police (SP), Chatra has yet to confirm it.
The gangrape incident is not one crime in Jharkhand, as the state is witnessing drastic rise in the crime cases in general and rape in particular. Recently, Governor Draupadi Murmu had expressed concern over the rise of crimes in the state.
Jharkhand police’s role in the matter of a child sex abuse with a 3-year-old school boy in Ranchi is also under question.