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Dalit girl rape & murder: Protest continues, committee formed

Press Trust of India  |  Jind (Har) 

The protest over the alleged rape and murder of a 20-year-old Dalit girl continued on the fifth day here today, with the protesters staging a dharna in the premises of local general hospital.

The protesters have been sitting on a dharna since Sunday. Their main demands include arrest of those who had allegedly raped and killed the girl, action against police officials who resorted to lathicharge on protesters, withdrawal of police cases lodged against villagers during the course of protest and monetary compensation to the victim's family.

A 45-member committee has been constituted for deciding future course of action in this regard.

Speaking at the dharna site, Dharampal Singhmar, spokesman of the committee served ultimatum to the administration that if their demands were not accepted by tomorrow, they would start an agitation by placing the body of the girl on the local Gohana road.

He appealed to the people to join the agitation in large number.

The body of the girl of Baniakhera village was found on Jind-Amarheri village road on Sunday.

She had been to Jind town to appear for her Junior Basic Training examination on Saturday, but failed to return home.

The family members of the victim alleged that she was raped and murdered.

They had placed the body of the girl on the main road in-front of the local bus stand and held a demonstration against this crime.

Two post-mortem examinations were conducted at Jind and at PGIMS Rohtak, but these failed to satisfy relatives of the victim. They refused to believe the theory of police that the girl may have committed suicide.

They wanted a third post-mortem conducted at AIIMS, New Delhi. The body of the girl has been sent to AIIMS for the third post-mortem, whose report was still awaited, sources said.

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First Published: Thu, August 29 2013. 21:00 IST