Jharkhand police have arrested Dhanu Bhuiyan the main suspect in the teen gang rape and her gruesome murder. He with his accomplices allegedly burned the girl alive Friday in a remote district Chatra, Jharkhand . He was hiding at a relative’s house.
According to police Bhuiyan became enraged after the local village council ordered him to do 100 sit-ups and pay a 50,000 rupee ($750) fine for the victim’s gang rape. Bhuiyan and his accomplices allegedly attacked the girl’s parents before setting their house on fire with the girl inside.
The 16-year-old victim’s family have been given special police protection. State administration has also set up a medical board which will conduct the (victim’s) post-mortem. Police said that they are quite active on the case and made assure tothe family that the guilty won’t be spared. Village head has also been arrested since he “announced a punishment that led to the murder.
Village councils of local elders often settle disputes in rural India, bypassing a lengthy and expensive judicial system. Although they carry no legal weight, they exert massive influence over village communities. So far 15 people have been arrested in the case. According to the latest updates on the incident, the accused and the victim seemed to know each other.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das condemned the killing as “barbaric and has called for stringent punishment and announced compensation of 100,000 rupees ($1,500) for the victim’s family.