Days after a minor Dalit girl was found dead after allegedly being raped in her college in Nokha town of Bikaner district, her father has demanded a CBI probe in the matter, even as the police continues to call the death a suicide.
The girl, originally a resident of Trimohi village near Gadra Road of Barmer district, was enrolled in a Senior Teaching Certificate (STC) course at the Jain Adarsh Teacher Training College in Nokha town.
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A physical training instructor, hostel warden and the college principal have been arrested in connection with the case. All three have been booked under Section 306 of the IPC (abetting suicide), besides relevant Sections of the SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) Act, and the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences Act.
The minor’s body was found on March 30 from a water bank in the premises of her college. On the intervening night of March 28-29, she was found in the room of the college’s physical trainer Vijendra Singh by the hostel warden.
The physical training instructor has been charged with rape under Section 376 of the IPC.
The minor’s father addressed a press conference here Friday along with People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and other rights organisations, and released a fact-finding report raising questions over the police investigation. “The local police is not investigating the case properly. They have not included the section for murder,” he said here. “I only want justice for my daughter and I won’t rest till it happens. It is painful that a section of the media is indulging in character assassination. I am a para teacher, yet I sent all my children to study further… my two sons to Kota for coaching and my daughter to be a teacher…but I am shocked by what has happened and my faith in education of the girl child has shaken… if things like these are in store for girls outside their homes, I don’t think they should be sent away for higher education,” he said, almost breaking down.
The police, which had earlier hinted that the death could have been a suicide, asserted the same while citing reports by the medical board and forensic science laboratory (FSL).
“The report of the medical board as well as the FSL establish that the death was caused by drowning… there were no other injury marks on the girl’s body,” Bikaner ASP Satnam Singh told The Indian Express.
However, PUCL and other rights organisations demanded that the death be investigated as a case of murder. They also demanded a compensation of Rs 25 lakh for the minor’s family and that the primary school in her village be named after her.