A14-year-old tribal girl, who was allegedly sexually exploited by a man on the pretext of marriage, was found hanging from a tree in Jharkhand’s Dumka district, police said on Saturday. The minor’s mother alleged that her daughter was raped, killed and hanged from the tree in an area under Mufassil police station on Friday.
The accused, identified as Arman Ansari, has been arrested. He works as a construction worker, Superintendent of Police Ambar Lakra told PTI. He was charged under IPC sections 376 (rape), 302 (murder) and provisions of the SC/ST Act and POCSO Act, Lakra said.
The police are waiting for the autopsy report to ascertain whether she was killed first and hanged from the tree to stage a suicide. The civil surgeon of Dumka has confirmed that the minor was 8-10 weeks pregnant.
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