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In the death of this 14-year-old, none had the time to mourn

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    Bengaluru, Dec 10: A tragic incident in the month of October of a girl from Thirthahalli, Shimoga, Karnataka hit the headlines in the month of October. While one may have expected that the death would be mourned and a closure would be attained by the families, following a thorough police probe, what one got to witness was communal rioting and politics being played over the death of an innocent girl.

    The incident:

    Thirthahalli is known to be a quiet place. However, this incident saw never before like violence which left the entire town dumb founded. People were not mourning the death of the girl, but trading charges against each others, especially the politicians on how this incident was being botched up by the Congress government.


    It was basically a rumour that set the entire town on fire. It was said by some persons that a Muslim youth was behind this. The story narrated by some was that the deceased was waiting at a bus stop when a red van with some Urdu transcripts pasted on it stopped in front of her. She knew one of the boys as he was the elder brother of her classmate. After that she went missing and the allegation was that she was assaulted.

    The complaint:

    The girl's father was the first to speak out on the incident and claimed that her death was a mystery. He even told the police that the suicide note was fake and planted by the youth who were in the van. He also claimed that she was taken to the Anandgiri Hills and after the assault was left there. It was two women who spotted her and brought her back.

    She was brought back home but no complaint was registered. On October 30th, a day after the the alleged incident her parents found that she had vomited. She was rushed to the hospital. Her father told the police that she was force-fed poison, which led to her vomiting. She was shifted to the Manipal hospital where she breathed her last.

    Complaint delayed:

    Despite the alleged incident occurring on September 29th the complaint was lodged only three days later. In his complaint the father said that four persons belonging to the Muslim community had abducted, raped and murdered his daughter. Explaining the delay in lodging a complaint the father said that he feared his daughter's reputation would be at stake.

    Conflicting views:

    There were conflicting views on the incident. The father stuck to his guns that his daughter had been raped and then murdered. Despite the police telling him that the deceased had left a suicide note, stating that she was killing herself as she was unable to cope with her studies, the father claimed that the note had been forged and planted into her bag by the accused.

    The first autopsy report, which came out on November 3 from the Manipal hospital suggested that there was no rape.

    Politics at the time of death:

    Basically all parties have played politics over this issue. B S Yedddyurappa who is an MP from Shimoga claimed that the state government's decision to hand over the probe to the CID was a bad one. The CID is controlled by the state government and they will manipulate the probe. Yeddyurappa joined the chorus for a CBI probe.

    Yeddyurappa was countered by the minister for Primary education K Ratnakar who hails from Thirthahalli. While terming the incident as a sad one, he said that the BJP should stop politicizing the issue. They are trying to give a communal angle to this death, the minister also said.

    George vs Eshwarappa:

    The Home Minister K J George reacting to all the protests blamed the media for attempting to increase their viewership. Eshwarappa who is known for his outbursts was quick to react and asked if the CM and the Home Minister would act in this manner even if their own daughters were raped. He went on to accuse them of shielding the accused.

    The final report:

    Yesterday the CID filed its final report stating that there was nothing murky in the death of the girl. It concluded that the girl had committed suicide as she was unable to cope with academic pressures. All scientific reports indicate that she had consumed poison causing her death and there was nothing to show that she had been sexually assaulted.

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