Patna, Sept. 6: A 14-year-old schoolgirl was allegedly gang-raped and murdered at Dhanan Nisharpura village, barely 40km from the state’s seat of power. Her body was recovered today.
The heinous crime against the minor came to the fore on a day two top state officials — chief secretary A.K. Sinha and director-general of police Abhayanand— were in New Delhi to attend a high-level meeting on crime against women. The Class VIII student’s painful death despite her relatives approaching the Ranitalab police yesterday after she went missing on Wednesday evening exposes women’s vulnerability to crime in the state.
After the victim’s body with bruises and marks of injury was recovered today, Ranitalab police station house officer (SHO) Ranjeet Kumar said prima facie it appeared to be a case of gang rape. “The girl’s body was sent to the Danapur sadar hospital for post-mortem, the report of which is awaited. The police have mentioned about apprehension of rape with the victim in the inquest report,” he told The Telegraph.
The SHO said a complaint has been lodged against unidentified persons in connection with the incident. “Since the victim’s family has not mentioned the name of any suspect, we are in the dark about the perpetrators of the crime,” he said, adding that raids were on to apprehend the culprits.
The relatives of the girl claimed that she was abducted and subsequently raped. “She had gone to attend nature’s call late in the evening on Wednesday and did not return home,” a close relative of the victim told The Telegraph over phone.
“The family searched for the girl the whole night but failed to locate her. Her relatives reported the matter to the police yesterday. Initially, the cops did not take action considering it to be a case of elopement. Finally, her body was found at a deserted place on the outskirts of the village,” said a villager on the condition of anonymity.
The schoolgirl’s murder and rape is not an isolated case of crime against women in the state. A middle-aged married woman was allegedly raped yesterday by six persons at Terma village under the jurisdiction of Kanti police station in Muzaffarpur, around 90km north of Patna. The accused are at large.
A 17-year-old girl was raped and killed at Bisautha village under the jurisdiction of Katra police station in Muzaffarpur district last week. Six persons have been arrested in connection with the incident.
Teenaged girls were subjected to sexual assault recently at Bagaha and Jehanabad also.
Social activist Suman Lal attributed the spurt in crime against women to the failure of the law-enforcing agencies to create a sense of fear among the perpetrators of crime. “The tormentors are not afraid of the consequences of the offence. Had it been the case, they would have refrained from committing crimes against women,” she said.