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5-year-old bobbitised

Araria (Bihar), August 7
In a shocking incident, a five-year-old boy was bobbitised when his stepmother rebuffed the sexual overtures of a man in a Bihar village, the police said today. Pravin Singh (22), son of an influential landlord, took fancy to Renu Devi, the second wife of Jageshwar Mahto. On June 25 he tried to take advantage of her after barging into her house, they said. Mahto and his first wife Manju Devi were not present in the house at that time they were away to Mathura village of Araria district.

When Renu Devi resisted him, Pravin Singh, in a fit of rage, bobbitised Manju Devi's child, the police said.

Suspecting Renu Devi for the plight of her son, Manju Devi filed a complaint against her with the Narpatganj police station the same day.

Renu Devi was arrested and sent to jail in Araria. The victim was treated at Narpathgunj Primary Health Centre, the police said.

However, the complainant soon realised that Renu Devi was innocent and that Pravin Singh was responsible for the incident.

Manju Devi wanted to withdraw the case against Renu Devi, but the local police did not take any action against Pravin Singh due to his clout.

While Renu Devi continued to be in jail, waiting for justice, Mahto, Manju Devi and the boy arrived in the state capital last week to meet Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during the “Janata Ke Durbar Me Mukhya Mantri” programme.

Sources in the CM's office said today that the family tried to meet Mr Kumar in the state Assembly on Friday but was denied entry. The family has approached the local BJP MLA Janardhan Yadav for fixing an appointment with the Chief Minister. — PTI




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