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Motihari rape survivor is a married adult, say police

Investigators probing the Ramgarhwa rape case have now unearthed an election ID of the victim, which shows her as 'married' and not a minor, as her parents have claimed her to be. 

patna Updated: Jun 29, 2016 00:14 IST
AAP activists protest against gang-rape of a 21-year-old woman in Bihar's Motihari district, in Patna on Sunday.
AAP activists protest against gang-rape of a 21-year-old woman in Bihar's Motihari district, in Patna on Sunday. (PTI)

Investigators probing the Ramgarhwa rape case have now claimed to have unearthed an election ID of the victim, which shows her as ‘married’ and not a minor, as her parents have claimed her to be.

They produced an EPIC card with number IAZ1262625, which police claim to be hers. It said, the card was discovered during search of the victim’s residence. If true, the ‘married’ status of the victim would weaken the case of rape and assault.

The revelation came even as the victim underwent fresh medical test by a five-doctor panel at Muzaffarpur based Shrikrishna Medical College and Hospital late evening on Monday.

Read: Fresh medical report rules out rape in Motihari incident

“The electoral I-card in her name during search of the victim’s residence by Raxaul DSP Rakesh Kumar, proves her to be an adult, not a minor. Her husband is mentioned as Motiur Rehman of Adapur block and date of birth as January 1, 1996”, said an official.

However, social activists pursuing the case have claimed that she was married at the age of 15, but as per Muslim personal law, she was not allowed to consummate or go to her in-laws place , till she turned an adult.

They claimed also, that EPIC cards in majority cases were neither exact, nor correct and most often carried wrong information, the reason why, the police revealation remained suspect.

PMCH principal Dr Vikas Kumar said, “We formed a five-member team to conduct the medical examination. The experts will submit their report to the chairman of the forensic department, who in turn would send it to the district authorities concerned. It will take a couple of days”.

He, however, refused to divulge the result of the examination. “I am not authorized to say anything to the media as it is a legal matter,”said the principal.

The medical board under Dr Vijay Prasad, head of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology (FMT) department, examined the alleged minor rape survivor on Sunday evening. Dr Abha Sinha, Dr Supriya, Dr Arun Kumar and Dr Manoj Kumar were other members of the team, set up by principal of the SKMCH, Dr Vikas Kumar on the direction of district magistrate of East Champaran Anupam Kumar.

Earlier, the girl was medically tested first at a primary health centre on June 15 and twice at Motihari sadar hospital on June 22 and 25 this year.

“We decided to re-examine the victim medically as a lot of hue and cry had been raised in the wake of the last two medical reports. We wanted a crystal clear result, reason why, she was sent to SKMCH. It will clear the air”, he added.