Dumka victim was 16, POCSO likely to be added: officials
Days after a teenager from Jharkhand’s Dumka district died of burns at Ranchi’s premier Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), after a hunter who had turned down his advances, it has emerged that The victim was a minor and government officials said POCSO sections could be added to the FIR.
The accused Shahrukh has been arrested.
On Wednesday, a senior state government official said they are revising the juvenile’s age to 16 years — the age the police had initially set at 19. “A certificate was sent to us by a family member, in which the year of his birth is mentioned as 2006. In the light of things, we will amend the age, and perhaps sections of the POCSO Act will be added to the existing FIR,” the official said.
The family is still struggling to cope with reality. Her father, who works in a private company, said, “The girl used to harass my daughter a lot. My daughter had spoken too, but we didn’t know that everything would happen so soon (that person used to harass my daughter, and he had informed me. But I didn’t know that it would take this sad path so soon).
She was in class XII. Her father had earlier told The Indian Express, “She was very proud of herself… She always wanted to join the police force. I have always supported her decision.”