Monday, February 21, 2005

Conversion to blame for girls death: Bajrang Dal

Conversion to blame for girls death: Bajrang Dal

State convenor calls for Crime Branch inquiry into murder in Dhenkanal


BHUBANESWAR, FEB 20 The murder of a 14-year-old girl in Dhenkanal district of Orissa recently took a new twist today with the Bajrang Dal alleging that she had been killed as her parents had refused to embrace Christianity.

The mutilated body of Jyotirmayee Bez, who was reported missing from her school on Wednesday last week, was found on a railway track the next day. The police had registered a case the same day.

State Bajrang Dal convenor Subash Chouhan demanded that the Crime Branch inquire into the girl’s murder. He claimed that the family had been asked by some Christian families in his village to convert to Christianity.
The parents of Jyotirmayee, Alekh and Jashoda Bez, at a news conference, claimed these people had visited their house asking them to change their faith as it would fetch them lot of money and help them in getting their daughter married. On their refusal to convert, they claimed, they were threatened.
Chouhan said a fact-finding team of the Bajrang Dal had visited the murder victims village near Dhenkanal town.