Khunti observed an unannounced bandh on Tuesday in a show of solidarity with the six-year-old student who was raped on a running bus on her way home from school on Monday.
Hutar, where the victim lives, the main market and Khunti-Torpa Road saw total shutdown. Traffic remained disrupted as crusaders against child offences burnt tyres, blocked roads and demanded harsh punishment for the culprit, arrested bus conductor Babban Khan (40) who hails from Bundu, Ranchi.
The preparatory school, where the girl studies, suspended classes for the day. In the evening, women in Hutar took out a candlelight vigil. “My daughter is still in shock. She is an innocent child who did not deserve brutality. I want justice,” the victim’s mother said.
On Monday night, a police team had visited the victim for her statement. She also identified her tormentor in a photograph. “We have counselled the girl and her parents. We are helping them cope with the trauma,” said Khunti SP M. Tamil Vanan.
While the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights is closely monitoring the case, DGP Rajiv Kumar promised that investigations would be completed in record time. “I have directed the district police to file a charge sheet soon.”