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Rape-kill ‘victim’ deposes in court

The 17-year-old girl, who resurfaced four months after three Dhurwa youths were sent to jail for raping and murdering her, deposed at a Ranchi court on Wednesday.

The girl, who is in police custody since June 14, reached the court of judicial magistrate Manoj Kumar Sharma around 11.30am and left around 1.10pm after recording her statement. Two lady constables, Bundu officer-in-charge Vinod Kumar, and subdivisional police officer R.S. Roy accompanied her.

Since the statement was not recorded in the magistrate’s chamber, it is not certain what the girl said. A court official, who accidentally overheard some statements, said: “The girl told the magistrate that the three youths languishing in jail are innocent.”

The day, however, proved to be disappointing for the youths’ relatives, who, unaware of legal proceedings, expected the trio to be released on Wednesday.

Chandan Kumar, cousin of Ajit Kumar, one of the jailed youths, asked SDPO Roy: “The girl’s statement had been recorded, why is my brother not being released?”

Roy had a tough time explaining the formal procedure to him. “The statement recorded in the court of judicial magistrate Sharma will be sent to the court of Nitasha Barla, where the trial of this case is on. Once Barla goes through the statement, a decision on release of your cousin will be taken. Till then, you have to be patient,” Roy said.

A police officer said the girl was likely to be kept at the Namkum remand home as her parents were not willing to let her stay at their Chutia residence.