At least fourteen persons were arrested by the police on Saturday in the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl in Chatra district’s Rajatenduwa village, the times of Indian reported.
According to the newspaper report the accused forcibly took the minor girl, who was on her way to attend a relative’s marriage ceremony, to a nearby forest and raped her.
The newspaper quoted IGP Ashish Batra as saying, “A local village panchayat was convened which found the accused guilty. The village leaders then levied a Rs 50,000 fine on the culprits. Irked by the verdict, the accused got into an altercation with the panchayat members and the family members of the girl. Later, they rushed to the girl’s house and set it ablaze. The girl was burned to death in the fire.”