BREAKING: 12-year-old girl killed in Nagaon was ‘Pregnant’; Child Right Commission orders fast track probe
GUWAHATI: The 12-year-old minor girl, a housemaid, who was allegedly burnt alive by her employers at Khaighar area of Raha in Nagaon district on Thursday, was found to be pregnant. The victim hailed from neighbouring West Karbi Anglong district.
The Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) on Saturday said that the Commission has been also informed by the neighbours of the accused that the victim child was sexually abused and became pregnant before she was killed.
Nagaon Police have already arrested a 70-year-old man and his 25-year-old son in connection to the alleged murder.
The Commission in an official communiqué said, “On 22nd April 2021, information was received by ASCPCR that a girl child aged about 12 years was engaged as child labour by one Prakash Barthakur, village- Khaighar, PS- Raha, Nagaon district. It has been also informed to the Commission that the victim child was physically and mentally abused regularly by Barthakur.”
It added that it was informed to the Commission the minor was brutally killed on April 22 by setting fire on her. The body of the minor was sent for post mortem immediately after death before the parents reached the spot.
The Commission has directed the deputy commissioner (DC) Nagaon and superintendent of police (SP) Nagaon to investigate the case on fast track mode so that the charge sheet is prepared with incorporation of 4, 5 and 6 sections of the POCSO Act, 2012, Child and Adolescent Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 and section 79 of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 in addition to the provisions of IPC.
Following the incident, various organisations on Friday gathered outside the residence of the accused where the victim’s body was found and demanded justice for the girl.
Assam Police Chief Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said after initial inspection, police suspected that the girl was ‘murdered and then burnt’.
In a tweet, Mahanta said, “As per her employer, the girl committed suicide. However, after initial inspection, it is suspected that she was murdered and then burnt. She was also underage to be working as domestic help. Therefore, two accused were taken into custody immediately. Investigation is on.”