Saturday 24 October 2020

Bengal: 2 minor sisters gangraped; one kills herself, another hospitalised

Two minor sisters were allegedly gangraped in north Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district 4 September, after which they tried to kill themselves. One of the girls died on 7 September.

“Three persons were arrested in connection with the alleged crime, while two other suspects are still on the run,” said Khageshwar Roy, an MLA of the ruling party of West Bengal, Trinamool Congress (TMC).

“The two sisters, aged 14 and 16, had visited a garden near their house last 4 September evening. They were allegedly gang-raped. They returned home and attempted to kill themsleves. Later, they were rushed to a hospital. The older sister died in the hospital on 7 September. The younger sister is battling for her life,” Roy said.

Ray met the girls” father, who works at a tea garden, and said that he has asked the administration to take strict action.

Roy represents Rajganj assembly constituency, where the alleged crime took place. However, West Bengal Police are tight-lipped about the incident.

PK Yadav, superintendent of police (SP), Jalpaiguri, remained incommunicado. Additional SP (ASP), Jalpaiguri; deputy superintendent of police (DSP) (crime), Jalpaiguri; and the officer-in-charge of the Rajganj police station under whose jurisdiction the alleged crime was committed refused to divulge any details.

As the body reached the village this morning, locals started protesting, pointing fingers at the police. Last month, another 16-year-old girl was gang-raped in the same area, and her body was later found in the septic tank of a house, according to officials.

Police said they had arrested three persons in connection with the incident and a hunt is on for the other two. Locals alleged the police are yet to arrest the main accused in that case.

District police officials refused to comment on these allegations. Police said the accused have been booked on charges of rape and abetment of suicide.

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