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West Bengal gang-rape victim’s father accepts job in Bihar, vows to fight for justice

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Kolkata_protests_teen_gang_rapeThe father of the Madhyamgram gang-rape victim has refused to return to West Bengal and said that they will now stay in Bihar and take up the government job offered to him at his native place.

The family had met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday where they were assured of a job as a police vehicle drive in Samastipur district.

“Now, we will stay in Bihar after Nitish Kumar told us he will rehabilitate us,” the girl’s mother had said.
“We will visit West Bengal whenever there will be a need in connection with the case in courts there,” the victim’s father said.

He also requested Nitish Kumar to agree to their demand for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the case with the concerned authorities in West Bengal as well in the central government.

“We hope to get justice at least in my own state Bihar, if not in West Bengal,” he said before meeting Nitish Kumar.

The family hails from Bihar’s Samastipur, but had migrated to Madhyamgram in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district in search of livelihood, he said.

The girl’s mother said it was ironical that her daughter failed to get justice in West Bengal even though a woman was the chief minister of the state.

Nitish Kumar had earlier announced an ex-gratia grant of Rs.1 lakh for the girl’s family.

The girl was allegedly raped twice by a gang in October last year and set afire Dec 23. She died of injuries Dec 31.

Alleging that the West Bengal Police were forcing them to leave the state, the family also met President Pranab Mukherjee, seeking death penalty for the culprits.

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