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Cops arrest 17 people for questioning in the rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl.

So far, 17 people have been detained for questioning in connection with the suspected rape and murder of a nine-year-old boy at Chauldhuwa under the jurisdiction of the Boginadi police station in the Lakhimpur district of upper Assam.

“No one has been arrested so far,” said Uttam Adhikari, officer-in-charge of the Boginadi police station. We’ve detained 17 people for questioning. Many of the accused were between the ages of 20 and 30. Details can only be given until the post-mortem report is received and the interrogation is completed. We have taken the situation very seriously.”

A nine-year-old daughter was brutally assaulted and killed at her home on Tuesday. According to witnesses, the attack occurred when her parents were away. Her body was discovered dangling from the house’s ceiling.

According to locals, the attackers hanged her body to demonstrate that she committed suicide. “How would a nine-year-old commit suicide?” questioned a resident.

Meanwhile, Assam’s Sishu Siksha Samiti condemned the heinous crime and sought exemplary punishment for those involved. The Samiti mourned the child’s death by lighting earthen lamps throughout the state.

The incident occurred just two weeks after a Karbi minor girl was reportedly raped, murdered, and set ablaze in Assam’s Nagaon district. The child, who had been employed as a domestic helper at Prakesh Borthakur’s house since 2018, was also discovered to be pregnant. Borthakur and his son were detained by police in connection with the investigation.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, a CRPF jawan was arrested for reportedly raping a 21-year-old girl in Bokajan. According to the survivor’s complaint, CRPF jawan Iliad Banda took the victim and four other girls for a drive in his new car on April 1 and committed the crime while returning to the village.

The girl later told her family about the incident, but they decided to keep it hidden for fear of social embarrassment and ridicule in the village.

The accused jawan is reportedly stationed in Arunachal Pradesh and was on leave at the time of the alleged offense.

(The victim’s name has been withheld to preserve her anonymity in accordance with Supreme Court directives on sexual harassment cases.)

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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