An underage girl died after she was allegedly raped at a birthday party in the Nadia district of West Bengal, police said on Sunday.
The girl’s family claimed the prime suspect is the son of a panchayat member of the Trinamool Congress, who has been arrested pending further investigation, they said.
The parents of the minor, a student of class 9, filed a complaint against the suspect on Saturday, four days after the incident. According to the charges, the girl went to the suspect’s residence on Monday afternoon to attend his birthday party, but returned home unwell and died shortly after.
“Our daughter was bleeding profusely and had severe stomach pains after returning from the party at the residence of the local TMC leader’s son, and before we could take her to hospital, she died.
“From the sequence of events and after talking to those present at the party, we know for sure that she was raped by the accused and his friends,” the girl’s mother told reporters.
She also claimed that a group of people forcibly took the minor’s body for cremation even before her death certificate was issued.
Commenting on the development, senior TMC leader and the state minister for Women and Child Development, Sashi Panja, said the ruling party has no tolerance whatsoever for the abuse of minors and women.
“There should be no politics about the incident. The police will do everything possible to investigate and take further action,” she said.
Meanwhile, opposition BJP has called for a 12-hour bandh in Hanskhali in protest at the incident.
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