Caste stick missed in girl rape
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- Published 15.02.07
Patna, Feb. 15: Bhojpur police was involved in a faux pas yesterday when it did not bring two minority community boys under the purview of the SC/ST Act.
Police had arrested the two boys for rape and murder of a teenaged Scheduled Caste girl of Kaurandihri in Piro subdivision, 80 km from here. An SC woman was also booked for murder of the Class VI girl.
The police, however, did not include a section of the SC/ST Act, purportedly because of their ignorance of law. The inclusion of the act would have made the offence a non-bailable one.
A 14-year-old SC girl was gangraped and murdered at Kaurandihri village late Tuesday night. The victim’s body was recovered from a field yesterday morning.
The local police said the girl had gone to meet Kula Devi, a relative of hers, in the same village on Tuesday evening.
Kula Devi, who had taken Rs 500 from three boys, handed over the girl to them. The boys, in their early twenties, took her behind a brick kiln near the village, raped and murdered her by slitting the throat.
Piro deputy superintendent of police N.K. Choudhary said: “We have arrested Devi, Mohammed Ansari and Mohammad Sohrab.”
The police are looking for Mohammad Khalid, the third accused.
Choudhary said despite Kula Devi having a history of working as a pimp, the girl had failed to see through her “nefarious intentions”.
The police, however, gave an unconvincing logic behind not registering the case under the SC/ST Act.
The officer said: “As Kula Devi, the mastermind of the crime, was also a Scheduled Caste, the SC/ST Act was not applicable.”
When asked about the other three not belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Choudhary could not give a tenable explanation. Bhojpur SP Umesh Kumar was not available for comment.
M.P. Gupta, a lawyer of Patna High Court, said: “Bhojpur police should have included the SC/ST Act against them.”