HC jab at 'erring' police over girl death

Ranchi, Jan. 15: Jharkhand High Court today took suo motu cognisance of "police inaction" on the alleged rape death of a Garhwa minor based on reports in a section of the media.

The division bench of Chief Justice Prakash Tatia and Justice Jaya Roy reacted to a report which said no FIR was filed and the police did not recover the body of the 11-year-old schoolgirl found tied to a tree stump in Ranka village of Garhwa.

The Telegraph, in its report yesterday, had quoted Garhwa superintendent of police as saying that an FIR was filed after the girl's body was recovered. When The Telegraph called him today, he said post-mortem results confirmed strangulation but not rape before the murder. "Post-mortem did not reveal concrete evidence of rape," SP Michael Raj S. said.

The court, however, reacted strongly to the report in the vernacular paper which alleged gross police negligence and quoted the Garhwa SP as saying that it was difficult to move about in a Naxalite-hit area. The bench issued notice to chief secretary S.K. Choudhary and home secretary J.B. Tubid, asking why FIR was not lodged and why the police did not recover the girl's body. The case will again be taken up on January 16.

Caretaker chief minister Arjun Munda urged DGP G.S. Rath for action in cases related to violence against women.


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