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Jharkhand’s Shame, Another Rape Victim Burnt Alive

Ranchi: Within 24 hours of horrific gangrape of a minor, who was burnt alive as her parents witnessed her horrific death in Jharkhand’s Chatra district, a similar violation of a 17-year-old took place, at Pakur district, about 410 kilometres away from Chatra.

The minor girl, was alone at her maternal uncle’s house, when one Bachchan Mandal forcibly entered the house and allegedly raped her, when the 17-year-old girl retaliated, Mandal burnt her alive. The incident took place at an area, which falls under the Muffassil police station of Pakur district.

The girl was class tenth student, she suffered 95 percent burn and undergoing medical treatment at a private hospital in Bengal. According to sources, her condition is critical and the chance of the girl’s survival is slim.

The matter has been reported to the police by the maternal uncle of the girl, who have visited her and recorded her statement. The Superintendent of Police (SP), Pakur Shailendra Prasad Burnwal said, “We have to ascertain the fact whether both the victim and the accused are minor.”

According to unconfirmed reports, the accused has been arrested and is being interrogated by the police.

While in Chatra, where the girl had been burnt by the accused as the panchayat had fined them for their act, Chatra police has arrested fifteen people in this connection, including Panchayat Mukhiya Teleshwari Devi.

Jharkhand has witnessed a drastic rise in rape and other criminal cases in state and even Governor Draupadi Murmu had recently expressed her concerns.

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