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Dumka murder: Police imposes new sections against accused under POCSO, case transferred to special court

Dumka Murder Case: Earlier in the statement recorded by the police, the age of the deceased Ankita was given as 19 years, which was later corrected to 15 years. In fact, the Jharkhand Child Welfare Committee (CWC) had recommended the SP to add sections under the POCSO Act in the case.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Ranchi: In the Dumka murder case of Jharkhand, the police have added sections of the Pocso Act. Jharkhand Police added POCSO charges to the Dumka case after it was found that the girl was a minor. Earlier, in the statement recorded by the police, the age of the deceased Ankita was given as 19 years, which was later corrected to 15 years. In fact, the Jharkhand Child Welfare Committee (CWC) had recommended the SP to add sections under the POCSO Act in the case.

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The committee had found that the age of the deceased Ankita was 15 years and not 19 years as mentioned by the police in their statement earlier. In this case, the father of the deceased also said that his daughter is 15 years old. The police must have heard him wrong while taking his statement. Because, she was in pain due to burn injuries. The police had asked for his Aadhar card and Class X certificate to correct him.

Case transferred to special court
CJM Court in Dumka’s Ankita murder case has now been transferred to a special court. Earlier it was in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Dumka. From there it was transferred to the special court. Dumka Superintendent of Police Amber Lakra said that the trial of the Ankita murder case could be speedy, so that the special court has been transferred.

The incident took place on August 23 in Dumka town in Jharkhand. The accused Shahrukh allegedly poured petrol on the Class 12 girl from outside the window of her room when she was sleeping and set her afire.

The minor girl was admitted to a hospital with 90 per cent burns. She died on Sunday, August 28.

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Before succumbing to her injuries, the victim gave a statement to the police, in which she said that the accused called her on her mobile around 10 days ago, pestering her to become his friend.

Meanwhile, the chairperson of the apex child rights body, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), will travel to Dumka in Jharkhand on September 4 to meet the family of the victim.

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