Raped and Burnt alive : Caste virus 003OR2009
A 16-year-old dalit girl of Kapaleswar village in Kendrapada district succumbed to her burn injuries on Tuesday evening. She was set on fire because she protested against her offender.
Jhili Mallick was kidnapped last year and was being held against her will at Kantia Mallick’s house. On Monday, when she protested, the youth poured kerosene over her and reportedly set her on fire in the presence of his parents.
The victim’s brother, Bhagawan Mallick, alleged that he had filed an FIR against Kantia last year and informed police that Kantia had kidnapped his sister and forcefully kept her in his house. But the police did not take any step to arrest the culprit or rescue his sister. “Police only registered a missing diary in her name,” he said, adding that he had repeatedly urged the police to take action against Kantia. “But they paid no heed to my pleas. Now my sister is dead,” he said. tnn
Tension mounted at Kapaleswar after the victim’s body arrived at the village. At least 200 villagers blocked the road on Wednesday, demanding action against the police officials who earlier shielded the accused and refused to resuce the girl.
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