Chatra (J'khand): Fourteen persons have been arrested in connection with the alleged rape and killing of a 16-year-old girl by setting her on fire in Chatra district yesterday, a top district official said on Saturday.
A minor girl was allegedly gang-raped and burnt alive in Rajakendua village. However, enraged over the panchayat diktat, the four accused allegedly went to the victim's house, thrashed her family members and set her ablaze. The accused men were ordered to do 100 sit-ups and pay a fine of Rs. 50,000 when the girl's father complained to the council head. The four men first barged into the victim's house in Raja Tenduah village late night on Thursday and abducted her. On Friday morning the issue was raised in the village Panchayat over the rape and murder case.
The villagers then informed the local police which took the woman to a hospital.
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The police have launched a manhunt to nab the culprits. "The accused men are absconding". The victim's family have registered the case at the Ikthori police station.
Inspector General of Police, Ashish Batra, told The Times of India, "After the rape, a local village panchayat was convened and the community leaders found the accused youths guilty and levied a fine on them. They also beat up her (the girl's) parents", said officer-in-charge (Itkhori) Ashok Ram. "A special investigation team has been set up which is looking into the case", the official said.
The district administration has announced financial support of Rs 2.5 lakh to the victim's family, reported ANI.