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Brought to Delhi from Jharkhand,two tribal teenage girls die within two days

One girl died in Delhi and the other at the Ranchi railway station while being sent home

Two 14-year-old tribal girls,who were brought to Delhi earlier this month by their neighbour with the promise that they would be employed as domestic helps,were found dead under mysterious circumstances within a gap of two days. One girl died in Delhi and the other at the Ranchi railway station while being sent home.

Chandumani,the woman who brought them to Delhi,has been detained for questioning. For now,police in both Delhi and Jharkhand are treating these as natural deaths since no external injuries were visible on the bodies.

On April 19,the Malviya Nagar police station in Delhi received a call from the Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital about a 14-year-old girl who had been brought to the hospital in serious condition. Police were told that a woman accompanying her said the girl was from Jharkhand. By the time policemen reached the hospital,the girl,later identified as Jyoti Mariyam Hora,was dead.

The second girl,Dayamani Guriya,who had been sent back to Jharkhand by Chandumani,collapsed at the Ranchi railway station and died on April 21. Chandumani’s daughter Eden had travelled with her from Delhi.

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Preliminary police inquiries have revealed that Chandumani,who lives with Eden and her brother Sukhram,had brought the girls to Delhi earlier this month. They were all staying in Chirag Dilli where Chandumani works as a domestic help.

Superintendent of Police (Khunti) M Tamilvanan said: “They left with Chandumani on April 11 without informing their parents. The woman was a frequent visitor to Delhi. They must have thought she would find them jobs.”

So far,the police have not found any trafficking angle in the case. “We have registered a case of abduction against Chandumani,her daughter and brother. Trafficking requires proof that she handed over the girls to a third party,” Tamilvanan said.

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The Khunti police tracked down Chandumani and informed their Delhi counterparts who took her into custody. The Khunti police have sent a team to Delhi to bring back Chandumani for questioning.

In her statement to Delhi police,Chandumani claimed that on April 11 she brought Jyoti and Dayamani to Delhi to get them jobs as domestic helps on the directions of their parents.

She claimed that on April 19,Jyoti complained of a headache. Chandumani said she took her to the hospital where she fell unconscious and died. Police said they were told that the girl had low blood pressure and was malnourished.

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The two girls were classmates in the sixth standard last year. The girls hailed from adjacent villages of Torpa block — Dayamani from Gutuhatu,Jyoti from Kamra. Chandumani is also from Gutuhatu.

In Delhi,DCP (South) Chhaya Sharma said: “We contacted the Khunti police who helped us identify the girl’s parents. The father is on his way to Delhi. A postmortem will be conducted.”

The Khunti police,meanwhile,have preserved the viscera of Dayamani who died at the Ranchi railway station. “We will send it to the Forensic Science Laboratory for further tests,” Tamilvanan said.

First published on: 24-04-2013 at 03:27 IST
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