Minor rape victim
Ayoung girl, who was gang raped twice in October 2013 and set on fire two months later by her alleged rapists on the outskirts of Kolkata, was found to be only 12 years old, according to her school record. News reports had earlier reported the victim’s age to be 16. It also emerged that the girl was pregnant when she succumbed to her burn injuries on December 31.
The girl’s grandfather used to be a tram driver in Kolkata and her father went to the city about 15 years ago in search of a livelihood. The child and her mother used to shuttle between the village and Kolkata till a few months ago. After the rape, the entire family lived in the village house till mid-November. They returned to Kolkata thinking the matter had cooled down.
Several hundred activists protested in Kolkata and New Delhi, accusing the West Bengal government and police of failing to act swiftly after the girl lodged her initial complaint. “We strongly believe that if the government had acted against the criminals... the subsequent horrific events would have been prevented and the young girl’s life could have been saved,” the All India Democratic Women’s Association wrote in a letter to West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamta Bannerjee.