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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Dec 2014

Bengal rape victim was pregnant, foetus sent for test

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, January 02, 2014
First Published: 18:43 IST(2/1/2014) | Last Updated: 16:32 IST(3/1/2014)

A school girl who was gang-raped on two consecutive days in October and who died on Tuesday after being set ablaze by two of the accused was pregnant with the child of one of the alleged rapists, the police said.

The foetus, revealed by post-mortem to be one month old, has been sent for DNA test, additional deputy commissioner of police (airport) S Simbalkar said.

The police also collected blood samples of the arrested accused to determine who impregnated the girl.

Read: Kolkata rape victim was 12, pregnant

In her dying statement, the girl told the police Minta Sil and Ratan Sil, two of the alleged rapists, set her on fire at her residence in airport area on December 23.

On October 26, she was raped a few metres away from her home in Madhyamgram of North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal allegedly by Sanjiv Talukdar alias Chottu and five others, who are currently in jail.

The accused raped her again a day later when she dared to file a complaint with the police. After repeated threats by the gang, the family, originally hailing from Bihar, moved to airport area.

The girl’s father told governor MK Narayanan on Wednesday the accused wanted to kill her to stop her from testifying against them in court.

After her death, the Police have added murder charges in the case against the accused.

Read: Rapists set me on fire, says girl's in her dying statement

Read: Police file murder case, doctors claim Bengal girl was pregnant

Meanwhile, protests were held in Kolkata on Thursday against the rape and murder besides the manner in which the police attempted to forcibly cremate the girl’s body against the wishes of her father who wanted a public funeral for her.

Some the city-based intellectuals who had widely campaigned for Mamata Banerjee before the 2011 assembly elections took out a protest march in the day.

Educationist Sunanda Sanyal, former Naxalite leader Ashim Chatterjee, former Kolkata mayor Bikash Bhattacharya and several prominent leaders leading the agitations against infamous rapes in Kamduni and Sutia areas joined the rally.

Rebel Trinamool MP Somen Mitra and his wife MLA Sikha took a jibe at Mamata Banerjee at a blood donation camp. Mitra remarked that once Mamata used to take rape victims to former chief minister Jyoti Basu to seek justice for them, but now she is silent after these atrocities during her own regime.

West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president Pradip Bhattacharjee described the government as barbaric and said, "We want the home minister (read chief minister) to resign. This incident should be probed by the CBI. We had also demanded a CBI investigation into the Kamduni probe."

Read: Politics over Bengal gang-rape victim’s body

Read: Kolkata erupts in protest over Madhyamgram rape victim’s death

Women protest against the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in Kolkata. (PTI photo)

In a departure from official practice, Bengal chief secretary Sanjoy Mitra deplored the politics over the body of the girl on Wednesday.

"If we are accused of indulging in politics while seeking justice for such victims, please note that we have to do this brand of politics," remarked Left Front chairman Biman Bose.

But Mamata, while announcing an administrative calendar at the secretariat, said, "I shall proceed on the path of development despite conspiracies."


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