The law and order situation in Jharkhand is in complete free fall. Crime against women, children and tribal is at its peak while the respected Chief Minister, Hemant Soren, is busy saving his political career and his ministers and officers are busy looting the state. At the behest of political leaders, police are busy tampering criminal cases. In this complete chaos, the public at large are the real sufferers.
Jharkhand Government Saving Criminals
Priyank Kanoongo, the head of the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), in the case of the recent rape and murder of a tribal girl in Jharkhand’s Dumka, has alleged that the state government is uncooperative and impeding the investigation of death of two young girls.
In a series of tweets, he claimed, “I have come to Dumka to investigate two cases, had informed the Jharkhand government earlier that the family of a Scheduled Tribe girl who was raped and hanged from a tree, a team of NCPCR would be found on which the local the collector had also given consent”.
He further added, “after deciding the program to go to his house, the administration had informed. But after coming to their village, the parents could not be found at home. The neighbors told us that before we came, someone had taken the parents in a jeep. This attitude of the government is very uncooperative and obstructs the investigation”.
एवं उनके घर जाने का कार्यक्रम तय कर प्रशासन ने सूचना दी थी।
परंतु यहाँ उनके गांव आने पर घर पर माता पिता नहीं मिले पड़ोसियों ने बताया कि हमारे आने के पहले माता पिता को एक जीप में बैठाकर कोई ले गया है।
सरकार का ये रवैया बेहद असहयोगात्मक व जाँच में रुकावट डालने वाला है।
— प्रियंक कानूनगो Priyank Kanoongo (@KanoongoPriyank) September 5, 2022
Statutory Obligation of NCPCR to Probe the Case
It is pertinent to know that NCPCR is a statutory body established under the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005. The commission has the powers of a civil court to ensure that all laws, policies, programs and administrative systems conform to the vision of the rights of the child as enunciated in the Constitution of India as well as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
With the power inscribed to him under section 13 of the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005, Priyank Kanoongo wrote a letter to the concerned authorities of the Jharkhand government on 31st August 2022. This letter informed the administration about the visit of NCPCR head on 4th and 5th September 2022 to take stock of the status of the death of a minor girl who died days after being set on fire by her alleged stalker in Jaruadih, Dumka.
While in between the time, yet another incident of rape and murder of a minor tribal girl by a man named Arman Ansari happened. According to the reports, this teenage tribal girl was found hanging from a tree. The girl was sexually assaulted by the man on the pretext of marriage and later was raped, killed and hanged from the tree.
Pertaining to this horrific murder and rape case of the tribal girl, NCPCR wrote another letter to the Jharkhand administration. In this letter, the NCPCR clarified that the team of the Commission will now take stock of the status of the incident on 5th September, 2022. It also stated that the team would also “convene a meeting with DC, SP, and Investigating Officer of the case and Doctors who conducted the autopsy of the minor victim girls, besides to meet/interact with the family members of the deceased minor girl”.
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Hemant Soren Busy in Downplaying the Incident
Rather than providing support to the Commission, the administration took away the family of the victim to an unknown place. According to the NCPCR Chief, the attitude of the Jharkhand Governmen is very uncooperative and obstructs the investigation.
Yesterday, Jharkhand CM, Hemant Soren downplaying the two horrific crimes against teenage girls said, “Ghatna to hoti rehti hain, ghatna kahan nahi hota hai. Ghatna to bol ke aata nahi hai. Isko kis tareeke se liya jaaye.” (sic) (The incidents do happen, and happen everywhere, and they do not warn before happening. How can one take it?).
Earlier, in an effort to help the co-religionists in the murder of Ankita, the DSP Noor Mustafa tried to increase the age of the victim in an order to portray her as an adult.
इसी आधार पर ज़ुल्फ़िकार को बेल मिल गया।उसके बाद डीएसपी नूर मुस्तफ़ा ने उसके जेल से निकल जाने के कुछ देर बाद चार्जशीट कर दिया।
आदिवासियों के नाम पर घड़ियाली आंसू बहाने वाले सीटीबाज मुख्यमंत्री हेमंत सोरेन जी, बताइये न, ऐसे अफ़सर को जेल में होना चाहिये या नहीं? 2/2
— Babulal Marandi (@yourBabulal) August 29, 2022
However, later on, Police decreased the age from 19 years old to 15 years old – the original age. Further, they added the sections of the POCSO Act to bring the culprit under the might of justice.
Death of a girl set ablaze in Dumka | Jharkhand Child Welfare Committee recommends SP to add sections under POCSO Act in the matter. The Committee found out that the deceased was 15 years old & not 19 as mentioned by Police in her recorded statement: Dumka Public Relations Office
— ANI (@ANI) August 31, 2022
A complete system is working to not only downplay the incident but also to save the victims. As in both cases, the accused belongs to a particular community and they are the traditional voters of the party in power. Harsh punishments do not strain their special election relationship with a particular community; they are utilizing every state machinery to downplay the incident. However, no one will be spared. The accused of serious crimes will be punished in the court of law and leaders of the present Jharkhand government will be punished by the public courts in elections.
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