On Tuesday, police organized a special investigative team to look into the death of a girl who was set on fire by a stalker in Dumka. The 10-member SIT will be directed in its efforts to unravel the crisis that has horrified the nation by the Superintendent of Police (SP).
The murder of a girl in Jharkhand‘s Dumka sent shockwaves across the country, the state’s child protection council has now acknowledged that the victim was 15 years old, not 19, as previously indicated. The panel has also requested that charges be filed under the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offenses (Pocso) Act.
As the matter sparked protests across the state, the Jharkhand High Court took suo moto cognizance of the Dumka schoolgirl death case and instructed the Director General of Police to submit a report.
In a statement, the Dumka Public Relations Office said, “The Jharkhand Child Welfare Committee advises that SP include provisions from the POCSO Act in the issue. The Committee discovered that the deceased was 15 years old rather than 19, as stated by police in her recorded testimony.”
“We took suo moto cognizance. At her home, we examined her certificates&found out that she was 15 yrs 9 months old. Advised SP to add sections of POCSO Act & take strict action. PS Incharge called us up y’day that our suggestion has been added,” said Dumka CWC chairperson Amarendra Kumar
On August 23, a Class 12 girl was set fire by her suspected stalker, Shahrukh. She died of her burns in the early hours of Sunday, August 28.
The incident occurred on Tuesday in Dumka town when the culprit, known as Shahrukh, poured petrol on the woman while she was sleeping from outside the window of her room and lit her on fire, according to police.
The victim, a Class 12 student, was first brought to Dumka’s Phulo Jhano Medical College and Hospital in severe condition with 90% burns.