Jharkhand: Tribal girl stripped, filmed in women's college over mobile phone 'theft'
The incident took place in Santhal Pargana Women?s College on August 4. Photograph: (ANI)
A college student in Jharkhand was stripped, thrashed and filmed by a group of students in a women's college in Dumka district on suspicion of stealing a mobile phone, news agency ANI has reported.
A video of the incident and nude images of the tribal girl were also circulated on social media, according to ANI.
The incident took place in Santhal Pargana Women’s College on August 4.
According to the victim, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) first-year student, she recently purchased a second-hand phone for Rs 500. During that period, a girl had lost her cell phone. The victim said the girl who had lost her phone accused her of stealing.
She said, soon other girls joined and accused her of being a thief.
She also claimed that the students later called a student council meeting and imposed a fine of Rs 18,600 on her. They also threatened to circulate her nude video if she failed to pay the fine, she alleged.
Following the incident, the victim's father, a farmer, threatened to commit suicide along with his daughter.
Dumka police superintendent Mayur Patel said, that police officials met the girl on Monday, recorded her statement and filed an FIR against the accused.
"We are proceeding with the inquiry. I assure the guilty students would not be spared," Patel told ANI.
Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das also asked officials to investigate the incident and take strict action.