West Bengal: Jalpaiguri girl who attempted suicide over alleged threat to withdraw molestation complaint dies


A 14-year-old girl succumbed to injuries Monday after fighting for life for more than 10 days at a hospital following a suicide attempt in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, said the police.

The girl set herself ablaze on April 14 after she was allegedly threatened by a few people to withdraw a complaint alleging molestation and attempt to rape. She was admitted to the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital. “The girl died today (Monday) morning around 5:30 am,” said a police officer.

The girl’s father has demanded a CBI probe into the circumstances leading to her death. “My daughter is no more. Her only mistake was that she had the courage to file a complaint. I want a CBI probe now,” he told the media.

As per the girl’s complaint to the police, she was allegedly molested by the accused when she was alone at home in February. When she screamed, he escaped from the spot, she had said.

According to sources, after securing anticipatory bail, the accused allegedly started threatening the girl to withdraw her complaint. On March 13, two people went to her house and threatened to kill her and her family members following which she set herself on fire the next day and received more than 65 per cent of burn injuries.

Four people have been arrested in the case, including the 25-year-old man who allegedly molested the girl and his brother, said sources.