- Teen was allegedly gang-raped by four men in Chatra district last night
- Panchayat 'punished' them by fining them Rs 50,000 and 100 kneel downs
- Enraged, they allegedly beat up her parents at her home, set her on fire
The incident took place in the Naxal-affected Chatra district of the state.
The girl's family says the four men, allegedly drunk, kidnapped her last night from her house when everyone was away at a wedding. The men allegedly took her to a deserted spot and raped her.
When the girl's father went to the village council head and other members of the panchayat, the accused men were ordered to do 100 sit-ups and pay a fine of Rs 50,000.
Two men have been arrested and police have formed a special team to investigate the incident.
The horrific incident emerges at a time there is public anger over child rapes this year, beginning with the kidnapping, rape, torture and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir. The government recently put out an executive order to change the law and bring in the death penalty for child rapists.
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