A day after a 16-year-old girl was found hanging from a tree in Dumka, Chief Minister Hemant Soren Sunday courted controversy by saying that “such incidents keep happening”, comments that the opposition termed as downplaying the incident.
The girl, who police said was allegedly raped, was found dead just days after the death of another teenage girl, “whose advances she had turned down”.
When asked by journalists present outside his residence to comment on the deteriorating law and order situation in the state, Soren said: “Ghatna to hai hai, ghat Kahan Nahi Hota hai. Loss does not come by words. How to take it Whatever I had to say, I have already said.”
On Saturday, commenting on the latest incident, Soren tweeted his “anguish” saying that “the accused has been arrested and asked Dumka police to ensure justice.”
However, following Soren’s remarks on Sunday, BJP state president and Rajya Sabha MP Deepak Prakash took to social media and called the CM’s statement “very shameful”. “The CM doesn’t know how to keep people safe,” he wrote.
Godda MP Nishikant Dubey also slammed Soren for his comments. He wrote on social media, “Tukde-tukde gang should take notice.” Legislature party leader Babulal Marandi said: “I pity the chief minister’s nonsense thinking.”
Meanwhile, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights chief Priyank Kanungo said on Sunday that his team would visit Jharkhand to take stock of the status of the investigation.
Kanoongo said he and his team would meet police officials during their Monday visit to the state to know details of two recent cases of juvenile death in Dumka, news agency PTI reported.