14 held for raping minor & burning her alive in Jharkhand

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Chatra: 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 Jharkhand’s Chatra district, a top district official was reported saying on Saturday. Police said that the accused men were allegedly enraged after village council head and other members of the panchayat asked them to do 100 sit-ups and pay a fine of Rs. 50,000.

The victim’s father was reported saying, After the incident, they approached the village elders who suggested holding a panchayat in the village on Friday morning to decide the punishment. When the panchayat imposed a cash penalty, the accused and his men got infuriated and started thrashing the victim’s kins. They ran to save their lives.However, when  they  returned after half an hour, they found their daughter burnt and dead inside the house.

The incident took place at Raja Kendua village under the Itkhori police station in Chatra district soon after the kangaroo court, convened by the local Mukhiya and others, passed the order to pay a fine to the girl’s family and asked the accused to do sit-ups, police said quoting the villagers.

According to the family members of the 16-year-old victim, the accused had earlier abducted the victim from her cousin’s home and raped her before letting her go. The girl had gone to attend a marriage ceremony at her cousin’s home on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

The police is on a hunt to nab the culprits.

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