A murder case has been filed against two persons in connection with the gang rape of the 16-year-old West Bengal girl who died from burn injuries on December 31. According to doctors, she was pregnant at the time of her death, the police said.
The girl’s death sparked outrage in Kolkata on the New Year’s Day, with family members of the girl alleging they have been threatened to leave the state by the police. The Congress and the CPI(M) turned the heat on the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government in the state over the incident.
“We have filed a murder case against the two main accused on the basis of the final statement of the girl in which she had said that she was set on fire,” additional commissioner of police (Bidhannagar) Anant said. Till Tuesday, media reports said she had tried to commit suicide.
“The doctor who was treating the girl also told us the girl was pregnant at the time of the death. We have sent the foetus to the forensic science laboratory for determination of the age of the foetus,” he added.
The girl was gang-raped twice in October. Her family members had claimed that she was burnt alive by the culprits.
They met West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan on Wednesday and demanded death penalty for the rapists and security for the family.
The family had also alleged that they have been threatened to leave the state by the city police along with the body of their daughter.
According to reports, the girl was first gang-raped on October 25 at Madhyamgram in the northern fringes of the city and found lying in a field near her house.
The girl was forcibly taken away by the same group and gang-raped again when she was returning home with her parents after lodging a complaint with the local police station.
She was later found lying unconscious near the railway track at Madhyamgram the same day. Her family thereafter changed their residence from Madhyamgram to Dum Dum in the city.
Six people were arrested after local residents demanded immediate action against the gang. The girl’s family members alleged that on December 23, a close associate of the gang leader had visited their Dum Dum residence and threatened them with dire consequences if the girl did not withdraw her complaint.
The girl received the fatal burn injuries the same day at the family’s rented house in the airport area.