TURA, June 29: The rape of an 8 year old girl in Chibinanga, about 90 kms from the town of Tura, has grabbed the headlines, given the age of the girl as well as the brutality of the crime committed. A 24 year old, Munna Sheikh, had allegedly raped the 8 year old on May 25 in New Bholarbhita, near Chibinang. The police, upon learning of the incident, 5 days later, had taken up a suo moto case after the parents had not filed an FIR. Allegedly, the mother of the victim and an uncle had tried to set up a compromise, which was rejected by the father, a daily wage earner.
The case got complicated when a birth certificate was presented in Court showing the 24 year old as a 17 year old juvenile. The birth certificate had apparently been given by the doctor of the Bhaitbari PHC, who when contacted said he had not issued any such certificate. The police had also sought an ossification test to prove the age of the accused, Sheikh, who according to officials records, was in fact 24.