A day after 16-year-old was found dead, cops add rape charge

A day after a 16-year-old girl was found dead in Morni, senior police officers investigating the case on Monday said the 17-year-old boy accused of abetment to suicide had also committed rape on the victim.

"Based on the medical examination of the girl, we have added Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code," said Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashwin Shenvi.

According to the police, the Class XI student had also confessed to establishing a physical relationship with the victim on Friday night. The police had also found blood on the private parts of the victim's body.

The post-mortem report has also revealed some scratches on the victim's body. "Some marks have been found on the body of the girl but we can't be sure whether they were caused by a scuffle between the couple or due to the vegetation present around," said Shenvi.

The police have not ruled out the possibility of murder. Two fingers of the girl's right hand were found bitten by an animal.

The girl, a resident of Koleo village, was found dead in the forest near Buudi village of Morni on Sunday, two days after she had eloped with the boy after attending school. A student of Class X, she had consumed poison on Saturday night. In his statement to the police, the boy, a resident of Tapana village, said that they both had consumed poison (Celphose tablets). While he survived, the girl died. They had been in touch with each other for the past six months, said the police.

The boy was taken for medical examination to General Hospital, Sector 6, to check for consumption of poison. The police are yet to receive a report in this regard. He has been sent to a juvenile home at Ambala.

As per the police, the couple after attending school on December 27 did not return home. They spent the night in the forest and burnt books to fight the freezing cold. On Saturday, they consumed poison and the girl died in the evening. The boy then went to a nearby ashram and spent the night outside it. In the morning, he narrated the previous night's events to the people around following which the police found the girl's body.

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