Thursday, September 16, 2004

18-yr-old raped, killed in Raghopur

Thursday, September 16, 2004 (Raghopur):

Sharda Devi is shattered. Her 18-year-old daughter was strangled to death by village goons.

A Dalit from Raghopur, which is Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi's constituency, Sharda's family did not have the political clout of the men who first allegedly raped her daughter Manju on August 17.

When the family lodged a complaint with the police, they were threatened by the accused, who are related to Bhola Rai, an RJD MLC. Nine days later, Manju was killed and her body dumped in a field.

"They threatened us. They said neither the girl nor the case will remain," says Shila Devi, victim's sister.

Political clout

Sharda Devi's family says the police have been no help either. The investigation has not progressed an inch and the man they hold responsible, Bhola Rai, says he has nothing to do with it.

"They are not my close relatives. My in-laws live there, these people are my in-laws' relatives," says Rai.

Manju's family says her rape and murder is just another example of how justice is unavailable to the common man in Bihar. It seems, if you want the law to intervene you need to be politically connected!

Source: NDTV, September 16, 2004


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