‘Caught with friend’, girl kills self, boy held without FIR
“She had left for Republic Day celebrations in school. Around 11 am, the police called me to take my daughter. They asked me to write an application and take her home. I and her mother brought her. She went inside her room and...,” says father Tikaram Sahu. “Perhaps she was scared, embarrassed to face us,” he adds, controlling his tears. Megha sustained 80-90 per cent burns and died on the spot. The family immediately took her body to their village, Khorpa, 30 km from Raipur, for final rites.
Says Sahu, “I do not know what they (police) did to her. I did not have a chance to speak to her. The policemen told her, ‘your father hasn’t said anything to you, anyone else would have slapped you’.”
The police refuted harassment charges and claimed that there were genuine reasons to apprehend them. “They were seen doing suspicious activities. Boys often exploit young girls. We brought
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