The 14-year-old girl who returned after being missing for over 80 days Tuesday recorded her statement in the presence of the chief judicial magistrate.
“She has denied she was kidnapped, and said she had left with the Muslim youth willingly because her father did not like her association with him and often scolded her. She also said he was trying to marry her off to someone else,” South 24 Parganas SP, Sunil Choudhury said.
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The SP added that when the girl’s father submitted a prayer to take his daughter back, she refused to go with him, saying she would be beaten up. “She has been kept at a home in Sonarpur,” Choudhury added.
The medical test conduced on the girl ruled out charges of rape levelled against the youth earlier. “We are verifying her statement. Unless there’s a need, we won’t call the youth for questioning,” he said.
TMC’s Sudip Bandopadhyay criticised BJP for “desperately trying to create an issue out of it”. “But they have been exposed.”
State BJP president Rahul Sinha, however, alleged that the police were trying to shield the offenders who, he said, are “leaders of Trinamool Congress”.