Agartala, April 18: The body of a 13-year-old, suspected to have been gangraped before being murdered yesterday, was recovered from a deep gorge in Tripura’s West district this morning.
The crime took place when the girl, 13, third among her four siblings and a student of Class VI, was returning home from school around 3pm, officer-in-charge of Sidhai police station, Manik Debnath, said.
The girl, belonging to an indigenous community, was accompanied by three classmates up to Tamakari market. From there she started walking alone as her friends had entered their houses. But the girl never reached home.
“This morning, residents of the hilly and remote village started searching for the girl and came across her schoolbag and uniform in the gorge. They informed us at 8.30am after which we launched a search with our sub-divisional police officer Rupam Chakma and recovered her half-naked body. Both her hands were trussed behind her back. It is apparent that she was gangraped before being murdered but we can be sure only after receiving the post-mortem report,” Debnath said. No arrest has been made so far.
Incidence of crimes against women, unknown among the state’s indigenous people till recently, has been on the rise over the past few years.
In another incident last night, a 23-year-old woman was gang-raped by four masked goons on her way home from Ananda Bazar market in Kanchanpur subdivision of North district, bordering Mizoram.
“The most important thing is that culprits in Tripura rarely face police action. For three consecutive years, 2010-2012, Tripura topped the list of states in terms of incidence of crimes against women in reports compiled by the Centre. The conviction rate in Tripura is only 14 per cent against the national rate of 42 per cent. Police and criminals work in tandem in the state,” Ratanlal Nath, Congress MLA and former leader of the Opposition, alleged.