The charred body of a 17-year-old girl was found in South Dinajpur district on Monday, with her family alleging she was gangraped and then set ablaze, said police.
Superintendent of Police Debarshi Dutta said three men have been arrested on the basis of a complaint lodged by her family, which has named the accused.
“A case of gangrape has been registered on the basis of her family’s complaint, but we cannot confirm rape till we get the post-mortem report. The accused, however, have been booked under section 376D (gangrape) and 302 (murder) of Indian Penal Code,” he said.
According to the police, the incident took place on the night of January 5, while her body was recovered under a culvert on Monday.
Sources said the victim knew the accused.
Police sources said the victim’s brother told them that she left home to go to a nearby shop on Sunday afternoon.
State BJP president Dilip Ghosh targeted the administration and intellectuals for remaining silent on the issue.
“Administration, women’s commission and intellectuals are all silent. Shall we assume the women of Bengal have no respect, safety and security? It is very disappointing that our Chief Minister is busy not allowing the Citizenship Amendment Act in the state and her police have no time to prevent crimes, since they are busy harassing the BJP workers by framing them in false cases,” he said at a press conference on Tuesday.
A local TMC leader of South Dinajpur slammed the BJP for trying to politicise the incident. “We want a proper probe. The incident is very unfortunate and it is further disappointing to see people trying to politicise it,” he said.
Terming the incident unfortunate, Kumarganj TMC MLA Toraf Hossain Mandal has demanded an impartial probe.
In a similar incident in December last year, a woman’s charred body had been found in a mango orchard in Malda, days after a similar incident occurred in Hyderabad leading to a nationwide uproar over women safety.
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