Jharkhand: Gang-rape and murder of minor girl, 14 arrested

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In a horrific incident, a 16-year-old girl was gang raped and subsequently burnt to death in front of her family members in Jharkhand's Chatra district on Friday.

Notably, the incident came weeks after the Union Cabinet approved an ordinance to amend the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

They were so enraged they beat the girl's parents then set her on fire.

The district administration has constituted a medical board for conducting an autopsy of the half-burnt body, he added.

Bokaro range inspector general of police Shambhu Thakur said, "A manhunt is on to nab four others who are absconding".

The family approached the village panchayat, which penalised the accused with a fine of ₹50,000 and 101 sit-ups.

Bhuiyan is a resident of a village under Itkhori police station.

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Ram said they had arrested 14 men over the case so far although the main suspect was still on the run.

Anger over the failure of police to stem daily sex attacks on children and women has boiled over since 2012, when a student was gang-raped and murdered on a moving New Delhi bus.

The incident comes as India reels under a string of violent sexual crimes despite tightening of laws.

Last month, the killing of an 8-year-old girl from a nomadic community in northern India ignited protests across the country and provoked political fallout for the government, including the resignation of two high-level officials from the governing party.

According to reports, the woman is said to be in a critical condition and battling for life at a hospital with 98 percent burns.

Reported rape cases in India have climbed steadily over recent years to around 40,000 in 2016, or about 100 a day, with many more believed to go unreported.

Chatra deputy commissioner Jitendra Singh also met the family members and handed them a cheque of Rs. one lakh as financial assistance.

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