National shocker! Minor gang raped and burnt alive in Jharkhand

Howard TerryMay 06, 2018

The rape had occurred in the village of Chatra, which is located in eastern Jharkhand state.

The unofficial ruling body fined the two men 50,000 rupees (£550) and ordered them to do 100 sit-ups.

Police are investigating if the woman was in a relationship with the accused. The enraged rape accused and his henchmen burnt alive the victim and brutally assaulted her family.

The girl's family says the four men, allegedly drunk, kidnapped her last night from her house when everyone was away at a wedding.

Village councils of local elders often settle disputes in this way, bypassing India's lengthy and expensive judicial system.

A journalist at the Times of India had told the Guyana Guardian earlier today during a WhatsApp inquiry, that the problem has now become two-fold, since the village elders were also arrested mere hours ago for possible witness tampering, which seems to be a normal occurrence.

On Friday, a 60-year-old man allegedly committed suicide after being accused of raping a nine-year-old in southern Andhra Pradesh state.

Condemning the incident, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das had called it "barbaric". "We will provide security to family members till they feel secure", said Shambhu Thakur, Inspector General of Police.

A local village panchayat was convened which found the accused culpable then irked by the verdict they rushed to the girl's house and set it ablaze.

The latest incident comes as India reels from a string of violent sexual crimes. The BBC writes that about 40,000 rape cases were reported in India in 2016 alone, but officials believe that the actual number of cases is much larger due to under-reporting.

Protesters backing the Hindu suspects on Sunday hurled stones at the auto of a Jammu and Kashmir state minister, Sham Lal Chaudhary, demanding a new inquiry into the case, media reports said.

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