Hyderabad cops drop case of death of fasting 13-year-old, citing lack of evidence

Six months after 13-year-old girl Aradhana had died after allegedly observing fast for 68 days, the Market police here dropped the case stating that “there was no proper evidence”.

Published: 27th March 2017 04:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th March 2017 05:22 AM   |  A+A-

Jain girl Aradhana who died fasting for 68 days. | EPS

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: Six months after 13-year-old girl Aradhana had died after allegedly observing fast for 68 days, the Market police here dropped the case stating that “there was no proper evidence” in connection with the case.  The sub-inspector of the Market police station served a notice to complainant P Anuradha Rao of Balala Hakkula Sangham, stating that the case had been referred as “action dropped”.

Aradhana

In the notice, the police said that the complaint under Section 304-II of IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and under Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice (care and protection of children) Act, 2015) was false, non-congnizable, mistake of fact, undetected and action dropped due to lack of evidence.

Further, the police said that if the complainant wanted to contest the report, she would have to do it before the court within a week from the date of receipt of the notice. When contacted, Market police sub-inspector K Venu Gopal, who investigated the case, said the parents told the police that they had never forced Aradhana to go on fast and it was her own decision.

Balala Hakkula Sangham honarary president Achyuta Rao, however, said they had proper evidence in the case and would submit it to the court. On October 2 last year Aradhana died after fasting for 68 days as per Jain rituals.

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