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Kangaroo court fear drives girl to death

Behrampore, March 17: The daughter of a Murshidabad farmer allegedly committed suicide by consuming pesticide on Monday after parents of the youth with whom she was in a relationship threatened to drag her to a kangaroo court and inform police.

The 16-year-old girl, who had just appeared for her Madhyamik exams, was in a relationship with a college-going youth from a neighbouring village for the past one year, the police said.

Although the 20-year-old youth had assured the girl he would marry her when she turned 18, the boy’s family was opposed to the idea, the police added.

“My daughter told me on way to the hospital that the youth’s elder brother and mother had abused her when they saw her with the youth on the road a few days ago. They had threatened to drag me and my daughter to a kangaroo court if she continued to keep in touch with the youth. They had told her that she would be put behind bars. In fear, she drank a bottle of pesticide today,” the girl’s father said.

The youth’s family members, who are farmers, are absconding.

The officer in charge of Burwan police station, Debasis Sarkar, said the police had started an unnatural death case.

The body has been sent for post-mortem.

“We have started an investigation on the basis of an FIR filed by the father of the girl,” Sarkar said.

The girl’s father said he knew about the relationship but was not willing to marry off his daughte now as she was still a minor.

“I had told my daughter that I would get her married when she turned 18. I wanted my daughter to study and not go for an early marriage. I was not opposed to their relationship but had told the youth to get a job first. Both the families earn their living by farming. I had told the youth that an alternative income was imperative,” the girl’s father said.