Crimes in India that evoked outrage in 2016

There have been many prominent crimes that occurred in 2016. These are some of the major crimes that grabbed national attention. 

Published: 29th December 2016 06:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th December 2016 10:03 PM   |  A+A-

By Online Desk

Greater Noida Rape Case

A 16-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped and set ablaze by a youth in Greater Noida, succumbed to her injuries. The girl had suffered over 95 per cent burns and was fighting for her life at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi following the incident that occurred on March 7, 2016 at Tigri village in Greater Noida West. The accused, aged 18 years, was taken into custody. He was a neighbour of the victim's family and, according to her father, had become friendly with her. Police said the youth allegedly went to the girl's house and met her on the roof where he raped her and set her ablaze. He then fled the spot.

Ram Vriksh’s cult evicted from Jawahar Bagh in Mathura

Two policemen and 22 squatters were killed in an armed conflict in the city of Mathura, Uttar Pradesh on June 2, 2016. The squatters, at Jawahar Bagh public park, an armed group led by a Ram Vriksh, once a follower of Jai Gurudev, had been occupying the site since 2014. Ram Vriksh Yadav, originally from Ghazipur, was running a parallel government, complete with administration, revenue and armed forces, within the park. It is alleged that local administrators believed that Ram Vriksh Yadav was close to some politicians, and were thus unwilling to act. After a court ordered their eviction in 2016, the police tried to forcibly remove them from the premises. The squatters responded violently, killing two senior officers, including the superintendent of police. The cops then returned fire, killing several squatters.

Bihar Topper Scam 2016

The corruption scandal came to light in Bihar on May 31, 2016 when Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) Arts and Humanities topper Ruby Rai, science topper Saurabh Shrestha and the third-highest scorer in the science stream Rahul Kumar, while being interviewed by television channels, were unable to answer even basic questions. Ruby Rai, a student of Vishun Roy College, Kiratpur Raja Ram village in Vaishali district pronounced political science as ‘prodigal science’ and described it as a subject related to cooking. Science topper Saurabh Shrestha was unaware what electrons and protons were and wrongly said aluminium was the most reactive element.

Delta Meghwal rape case

Delta Meghwal, a 17-year-old Dalit girl, was allegedly raped by a teacher at an institute in Bikaner’s Nokha town and her body was found in a water tank on March 29 this year. It was also reported that she was subjected to caste abuse by her hostel warden who sent her to clean the physical education teacher's room, who subsequently raped and killed her. While the state government claims, Meghwal committed suicide, the opposition Congress said it was murder. The Dalit Community requested a CBI probe, but there has been no movement on the case.

2016 Jharkhand mob lynching

2016 Jharkhand mob lynching refers to the case of lynching of two Muslim cattle traders allegedly by cattle-protection vigilantes in  Latehar district in Jharkhand on March 18, 2016. The attackers killed 32-year-old Mazlum Ansari and 15-year-old Imteyaz Khan who were found hanging from a tree. Police arrested five people and identified them as Mithilesh Prasad Sahu alias Bunty, Pramod Kumar Sahu, Manoj Kumar Sahu, Awadhesh Sahu and Manoj Sahu. Three others were also said to be involved in the murders but were not apprehended.

Jisha murder case

Jisha, a 29-year-old Dalit law student, was murdered on April 28, 2016 at her home in Perumbavoor, Kerala. The police found the body mutilated and disturbingly sliced. Forensics concluded the body injuries showed violence, possible torture and the presence of alcohol. The report also noted that the culprit had used a sharp weapon to disembowel her. Jisha was stabbed over 30 times. Her chest was pierced with a dagger. The severe injury inflicted on her neck led to her death, according to the post mortem report. Ameerul Islam, an Assamese labourer was arrested for the rape and murder of Jisha. There were also other reports that Ameerul had an accomplice Anarul Islam and that he is at large. Opposition parties and the public have expressed fears that Ameerul was being made a scapegoat. Jisha’s father too has sought a CBI probe, saying the police’s probe was not conducted in a fair manner.

Swathi Murder Case

Infosys techie Swathi, 24, was murdered on the platform of Nungambakkam suburban railway station in Chennai on June 24 later this year. A week after the murder, a youth named Ramkumar, whom the police claimed was Swathi’s stalker and murderer, was apprehended by the police and jailed. A few weeks later, police claimed that Ramkumar committed suicide inside the jail premises, raising questions about the veracity of the claims. There have been at least two similar crimes in and around Chennai since Swathi’s murder, in which alleged spurned suitors and jilted lovers hacked young women to death.

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