Investigation into the rape of a 10-year-old girl allegedly on the directive of a Panchayat chief in Bokaro district is complete and the charges against the three persons arrested in connection with it would be submitted soon.
"We arrested three persons on Wednesday. A thorough investigation (into the incident) has been completed and charges would be submitted soon," Bokaro Superintendent of Police, Jitendra Singh said today.
The crime took place on Tuesday and the two arrested were identified as Swang Gulgulia Dhoura village head Ghosal Pasi and Nakabandi Pasi (25), who allegedly committed the crime.
The third, who is the minor girl's brother was arrested after Nakabandi's wife filed a counter FIR accusing him of attempt to rape, police said.
All of them were produced before the court of the chief judicial magistrate on Wednesday and sent to 14 days' judicial remand.
The girl's mother claimed that her repeated appeals to the Panchayat head and Nakabandi fell on deaf ears and the latter dragged her daughter into to a bush and committed the crime.
According to the FIR filed on the girl's complaint, the rape accused had allegedly entered her house in an inebriated state on Monday night and tried to molest her mother. But, her father beat him up and drove him out.
The next morning the accused went to the Panchayat and complained to Ghosal Pasi against the girl's father, following which the panchayat was convened.
Both the families were present in the meeting in which Ghosal Pasi allegedly directed that the girl be raped to 'avenge' the assault of accused.
The accused then allegedly dragged the girl away into a bush, a few yards away from the panchayat venue, ignoring the cries of the victim's mother and committed the crime, the FIR said.
An hour later the victim's mother brought the girl, who was profusely bleeding, from the bush before the Panchayat, it added.
Jharkhand State Women Commission chairperson Mahua Manjhi is scheduled to visit the village later today.