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‘Daughter did not die of hunger’: Jharkhand couple’s thumb impression taken on paper

Minutes after they buried their 17-year-old daughter at Bokaro’s Tikhara village in Jharkhand this Wednesday, Jiten Marandi and Shanti Devi were asked to put their thumb impression on a paper that stated their daughter did not die of “hunger but of a disease”. 

Panchayat mukhiya and Panchayat samiti member were insistent on thumb impressions of the couple as “pressure was mounted on them from the top” after a video went viral where Marandi had reportedly said his daughter died of hunger.…

“I was overwhelmed with pain, crying. I did not know what was in the letter. Some people came and took a thumb impression. I got to know the content later,” Marandi told The Indian Express over the phone.…

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