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Gujarat: Minor girl repeatedly raped for three weeks by teenager, eight including accused jailed

Ahmedabad: In a shocking incident, a 15-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped and forcibly confined in a farm pit for over three weeks in November and raped repeatedly by a teenager at Kotda Nayani village of Morbi district in Gujarat before she was freed earlier this month, police said on Tuesday.

According to a police official of Wankaner taluka police station, a case of rape, kidnapping and illegal confinement was registered against 19-year-old Naresh Solanki, while seven others belonging to his family were booked under charges of kidnapping and illegal confinement.

The motive of the crime allegedly was forced marriage. The family of the accused wanted the family of the victim to marry her to Naresh as they both belong to the same caste of ‘Devipujaks’. When the latter refused, they planned the kidnapping of the girl, police said.

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Representational picture. Reuters

The victim was kidnapped on 11 November and taken to a farmland some two kilometres from the village. There she was forced to live in a 8×8 feet pit covered on top with wooden plank so as to avoid her detection.

The victim was taken out to be raped repeatedly for over three weeks before she was freed by her father and others in the village on 4 December.

The girl, in her statement to police, said that she was kidnapped by eight persons late night on November 11 and taken to a farmland in an autorickshaw where she was forced to live in a 8×8 feet pit dug in the farm.

As per the girl’s statement, she was confined in the pit and was taken out only to be raped by accused Naresh.

The girl’s father lodged a case of kidnapping against unknown persons on 25 November.

After intense search, the girl was finally found on 4 December, the official said, adding that based on her statement, police lodged a case against the eight accused who were subsequently arrested.

The eight persons include Naresh, his brother Haresh, father Janantbhai Solanki and his grandfather Chaturbhai Solanki, who are currently lodged in Rajkot central jail, they said.

Other than sections 363 (kidnapping) and 366 (abduction of woman to compel her into marriage) of the Indian Penal Code registered against unknown accused in the 25 November FIR, police have also added sections 376 (rape) against Naresh along with relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

First Published On : Dec 27, 2016 17:21 IST

US woman gangraped: Delhi court sentences four accused to two days of judicial custody

New Delhi: Four men, arrested for allegedly raping a US tourist in a 5-star hotel earlier this year, were on Tuesday sent to two-day judicial custody by a city court.

Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh sent the accused to Tihar Jail after Delhi Police moved an application seeking their judicial custody.

Yesterday, the police had arrested a tour guide, a driver, a cleaner and a hotel staff in connection with the alleged gangrape of the woman in April this year.

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The US national arrived here a few days ago to join the probe and recorded her statement in front of a judicial magistrate where she reiterated that she was gangraped by five persons in a five-star hotel here.

Four accused were arrested after the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) issued a notice to Delhi Police asking them why the Rape Crisis Cell of the women’s panel was not informed when the victim’s statement was recorded.

Earlier, the complainant had said she was not “satisfied” with the probe and was ready to come to India to identify the accused.

The woman had alleged that she was raped by the men for two days and also threatened with dire consequences if she reported the matter to anybody.

She had also stated that the accused had made a video of the act and threatened to make it public if she reported the matter to anyone. She had also told the police that the accused had claimed to have sexually assaulted a couple of other female tourists as well.

A team of psychologists and psychiatrists have been assisting the lady in recalling the details of the incident. The team is also working with the police in their investigation to tie up loose ends.

First Published On : Dec 27, 2016 14:54 IST

Is rape sentencing in India a joke? Judgments based on stereotypes have played pathetically important part

By Ila Ananya

In 1983, the Supreme Court (SC) delivered what it considered a progressive, gender-sensitive judgment in Bharwada Bhoginbhai Hirjibhai versus State of Gujarat. The case involved the sexual abuse of two 10-year-old girls — one of whom had been raped — by their friend’s father in Gandhinagar. It became a landmark judgment when the SC declared (much to everyone’s surprise after its horrifying acquittal of the accused in the Mathura rape case) that the survivor’s sole testimony was enough to convict the accused.

This judgment would have actually been an important one had the SC stopped here. Instead, evidently feeling the need to justify its decision, it went on to explain why it believed that an Indian woman (as opposed to women from the “western world”) wouldn’t falsely accuse someone of rape. Predictably, and among other things, the court said that Indian women would not want to admit “any incident which is likely to affect her chastity had ever occurred”. It said this would mean risking the loss of “love and respect of her own husband and near relatives”, that she would be ostracised, and that “she would have to brave the whole world”. Perhaps it was unintentional, but with this, the SC successfully constructed the stereotype of the rape survivor.

This and other soul-crushing factors about the legal system makes Mrinal Satish’s new book absolutely mandatory reading for those interested in justice for victims of sexual violence.

Mrinal Satish, Associate Professor of Law, and Executive Director of Centre for Constitutional Law, Policy and Governance at the National Law University, Delhi, strongly argues in his latest book that such stereotypes have not only influenced the prosecution of rape cases, but also their sentencing. His book, Discretion, Discrimination and the Rule of Law: Reforming Rape Sentencing in India, looks at sentencing by High Courts (HC) and the SC in more than 800 rape cases between 1984 and 2009. It provides solid evidence for what we have suspected all along — that rapes by acquaintances rather than by strangers invite lighter sentences; that courts impose lower sentences on defendants when the raped woman is unmarried and sexually active; or that the absence of injuries on her results in a lower sentence on the defendant.

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Representational image. Reuters

Keeping the SC’s Bharwada judgment in mind, Satish argues that the sentencing stage of a rape case is further impacted by the same stereotypes that influenced it during its prosecution stage — where virginity is considered to be of utmost importance to a woman.

“The most surprising finding was the extent of impact that medical examination had on the adjudication process,” says Satish about his findings. In cases where the two-finger test was performed, or where the woman’s sexual history had been considered in court, sexually active, unmarried women saw lighter sentences being imposed on the accused. In his book, Satish then goes on to give the example of the SC noting the “pitiable” state (“there is no monsoon season in her life,” in the court’s words) of the rape survivor who remained unmarried in the case of Madan Gopal Kakkad versus Naval Dubey. According to Satish, men who had raped unmarried virgins got higher sentences because the courts considered the survivor’s loss of virginity an irreparable damage.

Another stereotype that Satish points to in his book is the perception of the survivor’s protestations. An infuriating example of a rather singular approach to consent is the SC’s acquittal of the two policemen accused in the Mathura rape case. It was pointed out that because the 16-year-old had not raised an alarm and there were no marks of injury on her body, she was a “liar” habituated to sexual intercourse. The data, argues Satish, can be seen as the absence of injuries leading to lighter sentences — all of which the Delhi HC conveniently ignored in the case Mohd. Habib vs. State, when it acquitted the accused because he didn’t have any injury marks on his penis, even though the 7-year-old child he had raped had injuries on her body.

In August 2015, RAHAT, a programme that provides socio-legal support for rape survivors, published a report according to which, in a whopping 91 percent of cases, the rapists were known people, as opposed to the 9 per cent of cases where the accused were strangers. While these figures themselves take some time to sink in, looking at them in the light of Satish’s findings becomes even more depressing. As Satish writes, “Literature on rape suggests that juries and judges consider rape by a stranger as being the most traumatic form of rape.” It’s no wonder then that known people, whether relatives or neighbours (it was sometimes even assumed that the rape survivor and accused were in a relationship even if the former stated otherwise), all got lower sentences than strangers did.

Such prejudicial sentencing has arguably led to India’s high rates of sentence reversals when the convictions were challenged in higher courts. In many cases, these sentence reversals often were even below the minimum sentence. A court has the right to impose a sentence lower than the minimum if it has “adequate and special reasons” for doing so, a reasoning that is implemented in as vague a manner as it sounds.

In his book, Satish provides us with statistics that put all of this into perspective — on appeal, HCs have overturned guilty verdicts in 44 per cent of rape cases, and 37 per cent of gang rape cases. The SC has also overturned guilty verdicts given by Trial Courts in 36 per cent of the cases, and have overturned guilty verdicts given by HCs in 53 per cent of the cases (in cases of gang rape, this number is at 48 per cent).

The solution, as Satish suggests, is to develop a consistent policy for sentencing in India, perhaps by setting up a body to do just this. In most cases, along with the rape stereotypes at play, the courts consider other mitigating factors — even those like the defendant losing his employment because of the conviction — that really don’t need to be taken into consideration in his sentencing. The existence of a body that drafts sentencing guidelines could ensure that these “unwarranted disparities”, as Satish calls them, can be done away with to a large extent, if not entirely.

The Ladies Finger (TLF) is a leading online women’s magazine delivering fresh and witty perspectives on politics, culture, health, sex, work and everything in between.

First Published On : Dec 17, 2016 17:15 IST

Wadakancherry rape: Insensitivity by police sparks anger; woman victimised due to politics again

The Wadakancherry rape case is fast becoming a political fist fight between the ruling CPM and the Congress with the latter calling for a dawn to dusk hartal in Thrissur district on Saturday. This comes after the local MLA Anil Akkara and other congress workers were injured in police lathi charge on Friday.

A group of Congress workers led by the MLA were protesting in front of Thrissur District Collectorate on Friday. The march soon turned ugly with Congress workers pelting stones at the police who then resorted to lathi charge injuring the MLA and several other workers including women.

When all this happened on the streets outside, former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was himself present at the collectorate attending a public function. The party was quick to call a hartal and has said it would intensify protests in the coming days.

“It is very clear that the police is hand-in-glove with the accused in this case. Even after the woman had given a statement before the magistrate that rape had indeed happened, the cops are not ready to book the culprit and arrest him. All this is because he is a party man,” said Congress legislator Anil Akkara.

The Wadakancherry rape

Akkara was referring to what is now being called the Wadakancherry rape case. On 3 November, a young woman, with her face covered, opened a can of worms at the Thiruvanathapuram Press Club. With unstoppable tears rolling down her eyes, the homemaker from Wadakkanchery, victim of an alleged gangrape, recounted how she was violated again and again, not only by the perpetrators, but by the very system that she had sought asylum in.

That the prime accused in the case is a corporation councillor belonging to the CPM that is ruling the state, has only toughened the odds against the victim.

“Who among those who raped you gave maximum pleasure — is what the circle inspector of Police asked me while recording my statement,’’ said the victim as she broke down. Her husband and prominent women’s rights activists looked on helplessly.

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“He then went on non-stop with his indecent comments like asking me the size of the male organ and where all did they touch you. My husband and I were treated like dogs at the Peramangalam police station. They took me from one place to another for four whole days in the name of gathering evidence. I could not take the torture anymore and decided to withdraw the case,’’ she added.

It took the Kerala Home Department four days to suspend the erring Inspector despite enough prime facie evidence that he had violated every legal norm while dealing with the alleged rape victim. What also startled many was the initial support the inspector received from the Director General of Police (DGP). He had initially ruled out any action against the Inspector, causing many to believe that the rot perhaps begins from the top.

Speaking to Firstpost, the State Women’s Commission expressed its deep concern over the deteriorating standards of policing in Kerala. “We are gravely concerned about the falling standards while dealing with rape victims in police stations. Even now we do not have a situation in Kerala where a woman can go to a police station without the fear of intimidation. Many cases go unreported because of this and even if some women show the courage to report it, a number of them go on to withdraw later because of the treatment at the stations,’’ said KC Roasakutty, Chairperson of Kerala State Women’s Commission. The Commission added that it would be issuing strict guidelines to the state government in the coming days.

The Commission’s concerns are further endorsed by the claims of the alleged rape victim. The woman has alleged that she was coaxed into signing a compromise petition drafted by the police favouring the accused. This petition was then presented before a magistrate as a statement under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). But it had no mention of rape, although the FIR clearly speaks of gang rape.

The victim went on to claim that her husband was held captive in a car outside when she went to speak with the magistrate. She also said that although she had no choice but to withdraw the case then, she had categorically told the judge that the rape had indeed happened. Activists are now asking what stopped the judge from taking up the case suo motu when he was aware that the crime had taken place.

Parvathy Tiruvoth, who along with renowned dubbing artist Bhagyalekshmi had brought the issue to light through the social media says, “Here in Kerala the situation is such that every rape victim needs to carry a character certificate with her when she goes to the police station. The issue is with the mindset which believes that a woman entering a police station has loose morals. From then the onus is on her to prove that she is the victim.”

A week after the revelations, even as the police continues to debate whether to file a fresh FIR or not, the ruling CPM resorted to face-saving measures by suspending the prime accused from party membership. But to make matters worse for the party, its Thrissur district secretary and former Speaker of the state Assembly K Radhakrishnan went on to name the victim at a media interaction. When his error was pointed out he asked — “So you are saying you can repeatedly take the name of the accused but you cannot say the name of the victim?’” The Women’s Commission has meanwhile recommended the police to file a criminal case against Radhakrishnan.

Systemic Failure?

If Delhi is being dubbed the rape capital of India, Kerala could well be the capital for police shoddiness in dealing with violence against women. The Wadakkanchery case is only the tip of the iceberg. Six months ago when a law student Jisha was brutally raped and murdered, it took the police five days and continuous media pressure to even file an FIR.

Two Dalit girls had to run to the media to get justice after getting falsely implicated in an alleged assault case against a local CPM leader in June. Their attempts to register a case against the leader at the Thalaserry police station failed repeatedly.

The infamous Soumya rape and murder case in 2011 was a black mark for the state prosecution as it miserably failed to get the culprit Govindaswamy a sentence of capital punishment.

This shoddiness comes at a time when rape cases in the state are skyrocketing. According to the State Crime Records Bureau, close to 1200 cases of rape have been reported in the last nine months alone. Compare this to 1263 cases in 2015 and a mere 500 about eight years ago.

Thiruvananthpuram, the state capital ranks highest in terms of the number of rape cases filed, followed closely by Kochi and Malappuram. The State Police Complaint Authority (SPCA) set up as a watch dog against police excesses in the state, has been getting hundreds of complaints from single women and families about police misconduct at stations in the last few years. The Authority is now calling for major corrective steps. “I have told the government that the entire batch of 2014 Sub Inspectors needs to be recalled and trained more effectively. It is from 2014 onwards that this trait of misconduct against complainant has been on the rise. We need to act quickly,’’ says Justice Narayan Kurup, Chairman of the SPCA.

The writer is a Thiruvananthapuram-based independent journalist with The Lede

First Published On : Nov 27, 2016 08:57 IST

Olympian Lalita Babar joins Maratha Morcha, says caste doesn’t matter in crimes against women

Olympian Lalita Babar participated in the Maratha Kranti Muk Morcha held in Pune on Sunday to protest against the Kopardi gangrape and murder.

After holding protests in various districts of Maharashtra, members of the Maratha community held a silent march to press for their demands. “I came here as a normal girl who believes that such a crime should never happen again. As an international athlete, I’ve gotten out of that rural environment, though my parents still work in the farm. But that killing meant girls in villages across the country will think twice before stepping out of the house. I find it unbelievable that women should be made to feel so unsafe,” The Indian Express quoted Babar, who is from the Maratha community, as saying.

Babar had finished 10th in the steeplechase in the Rio Olympics and is the first woman athlete from India to qualify in the Olympics final in 33 years.

Lalita Babar. GettyImages

Lalita Babar. GettyImages

“The atrocities on women should be taken seriously. It hardly matters, which caste she represents. Her progress is her right and it should be respected,” another report in The Times of India had quoted her as saying.

Lakhs of people, including men and women, students, working professionals, lawyers and doctors from the community, participated in the Pune march.

The agitation continued for three hours as protesters marched from Deccan Gymkhana to Council Hall, where six girls submitted a memorandum and charter of demands to Pune District Collector Saurabh Rao.

The community has been holding marches in different districts to press for their demands, including punishment of culprits in Kopardi rape and murder case, quota in education and government jobs, Amendment in SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act) to stop its misuse, loan waiver to farmers to curb suicides, and guaranteed rate for agricultural produce.

“After the brutal rape and murder of a girl in Kopardi, there is anger in the community, and with the huge silent marches being organised sans political leaders state-wide, the government must take cognisance of the demands of the community,” the memorandum said.

Although organisers claimed that Sunday’s march had a record footfall of 30 lakh, police said eight to 10 lakh people, mainly from rural areas, participated in the march.

“The march was executed by the organisers in a disciplined manner and it ended within two to three hours with no untoward incident,” a senior police official said.

With inputs from PTI

Delhi shocker: 21-year-old woman stabbed 28 times by stalker, dies

Delhi has done it again. In a shocking and brutal case, a 21-year-old woman was stabbed 28 times by a stalker in Burari on Tuesday morning. The woman succumbed to her injuries. The heinous crime was caught on camera as news channels showed footage of a man repeatedly stabbing the woman. We are not embedding the video because of the disturbing visuals.

“The man was harassing my sister for a long time. He stays in Rohini. We had registered a complaint after which he had calmed down until now,” ANI quoted the victim’s brother as saying.

This crime took place just days after a 32-year-old married woman was stabbed to death allegedly by her lover on Sunday, who then committed suicide in southwest Delhi’s Inderpuri area.

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The woman was stabbed by her 30-year-old lover Sanjay. “The woman knew Sanjay from before her marriage and the two were in a relationship,” the officer had said, adding that “their affair continued even after her marriage.”

The officer had also said that the woman “had stopped all contact and communication with Sanjay and started avoiding him. This had enraged Sanjay.”

According to the police, Sanjay confronted the woman on Sunday while she was returning home and they had a heated argument. In a fit of rage, Sanjay allegedly slit his wrist first and then allegedly stabbed the woman multiple times and inflicted more injuries on himself.

On Thursday, two teenaged girls were allegedly gang raped by five boys in Delhi’s Aman Vihar.

According to CNN-News18, the two girls were sitting in a park with their male friends when they were attacked by the five culprits.

Four of the accused have been nabbed by the police while one of the accused is absconding. The accused might be minors, according to the police.

Delhi registered 1,893 rape cases in 2015, or more than five per day, according to the Crime in India 2015 report released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on August 30, 2016.

Delhi was followed by Mumbai with 712 cases, Jaipur (279), Pune (266) and Nagpur (166) among mega cities (population of one million or more) across the country. Delhi had reported three times as many rape cases (when rape cases considered only the female population and not the total population) as Mumbai in 2014.

Source: National Crime Records Bureau

Rapes registered declined in 2015, but this was not for want of trying, IndiaSpend reported in September 2016, since attempted rapes increased 4.8 percent. As many as 39 attempted rapes were reported in 2015 in Delhi, the highest number among mega cities; down from 59 cases in 2014.

As in 2014, Delhi reported more gang rapes than any other city, according to the same NCRB report: among the 1,893 rapes registered in 2015, 80 were gang rapes. Rapes in Delhi had tripled and the reform process promised after the 2012 Nirbhaya case had failed, IndiaSpend reported in August 2016.

With inputs from agencies and IndiaSpend

Jigisha Ghosh murder case: Delhi court orders death penalty for two convicts, life sentence for one

A court in New Delhi on Monday awarded death sentence to two out of three persons convicted for murdering and robbing IT executive Jigisha Ghosh in New Delhi in 2009.

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Representational image. CNN-News18

Convicts Ravi Kapoor and Amit Shukla were awarded the death penalty while the third convict Baljeet Malik was sentenced to life in prison.

The Delhi Police had earlier sought death penalty for the convicts, saying they killed her for “pleasure” and showed no remorse.

Additional sessions judge Sandeep Yadav on Saturday had reserved the order on sentence after the arguments concluded and a pre-sentencing report (PSR) was submitted by probationary officer.

“Pre-sentencing report received…Copy has been supplied to counsel for the convicts. Arguments heard. Order on sentence to be pronounced on Monday,” the judge had said after hearing the arguments of prosecution, convicts and perusing the pre-sentencing report which gave details about the background of the guilty persons.

Working as an operations manager in a management consultancy firm, 28-year-old Jigisha Ghosh was abducted and killed on 18 March, 2009 after she was dropped by her office cab at around 4 am near her home in Vasant Vihar area of South Delhi.

Her body was recovered three days later from a place near Surajkund in Haryana, police had said.

The court had convicted the three culprits on 14 July this year. It had held accused Ravi Kapoor, Amit Shukla and Baljit Singh Malik guilty of the offences of murder, abduction, robbery, forgery and common intention under the IPC. Kapoor was also convicted for the offence of using firearms under the Arms Act.

While pronouncing the judgement, the judge had said, “they (accused) committed her murder and disposed of her body in bushes and circumstantial evidence makes it clear that it was these men who committed the crime.

“It is abundantly clear from evidence that they committed the crime. There is no missing link of crime (and) hence innocence is ruled out. It is proved on record that Jigisha did not return home on expected time on the day of incident.”

The court had said that it was proved that the three convicts had abducted Jigisha, robbed her of her gold chain, two mobile phones, two rings and debit and credit cards and killed her.

With inputs from agencies

Delhi shocker: Minor girl gangraped in private school premises, accused arrested

New Delhi: A 17-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped by a friend and a security guard inside the premises of a private school in east Delhi’s Jagatpuri area, police said on Tuesday.

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The accused were arrested from their homes and slapped with charges under IPC and POCSO Acts.

In her complaint, the girl told police that her friend took her to the school on the pretext of job on Monday.

They went to an office room inside the school premises where her friend, who is a scrap dealer, and the private school’s security guard raped her, a senior police official said.

The prime accused, who was known to the girl for at least a year, met the girl at a local market on Monday and told her that he had set an appointment with someone at the private school.

The accused fled the spot after the incident. The girl went back home and narrated her ordeal to her mother and the matter was later reported to the police, the official said.

Nagpur: Minor girl gangraped by three brothers, including two juveniles

Nagpur: Three brothers, including two juveniles, allegedly gangraped a 13-year-old girl at her home in a slum area of the city, police said on Monday.

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Representational image. AFP

The three accused, including the eldest brother Sanjay alias Takesh Manohar Verma (21), all residents of Indira Nagar slums in Ganeshpeth area, stormed into the minor girl’s house when she was alone on Sunday.

They allegedly took turns to rape the girl and then fled from the spot, police said.

The girl narrated the incident to her father who runs a paan kiosk. The victim’s parents subsequently lodged a case at Ganeshpeth police station.

Later, the girl was sent for a medical examination which confirmed rape, police said.

Two of the juvenile accused, aged 12 and 17, were held while Sanjay is at large, they said.

The accused have been booked under section 376 (rape) of IPC and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, police added.

25-year-old woman gangraped in moving car in Delhi, police arrest three accused

New Delhi: A 25-year-old woman returning home after watching a movie was abducted and gang-raped in a moving car by three men, police said on Thursday. All three accused have been arrested.

The woman, accompanied by a female friend, was returning home after watching a movie at PVR Priya in Vasant Vihar in south Delhi around 3.15 a.m. on Wednesday when she was abducted.

In her police complaint, the woman said the accused raped her inside the moving car before dumping her near Poorvi Marg in the Vasant Vihar area.

The woman’s friend made a call to the police control room immediately when the woman was kidnapped. She later told police that the two of them were walking towards Munirka when the three men riding a car approached them.

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File photo of Delhi police. Reuters

“One of the men pulled my friend inside the vehicle and drove away,” the police officer quoted her as saying.

The car was traced since the victim’s friend had noted down its registration number.

“With the help of its registration number, we traced the car owner in Geeta Colony (east Delhi). The accused were arrested within hours after the medical examination of the woman confirmed rape,” the officer said.

The accused—identified as Udit, 30, Vineet, 23, and Rajveer, 22— were later sent to judicial custody by a local court on Wednesday.

Police said that Udit is a driver by profession while the other two culprits are jobless. All the accused are the residents of Nangal Dewat area in south Delhi.

“The accused are first time offenders. We could not find any past criminal records against them,” Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Nupur Prasad told IANS, adding the whole operation was completed within an hour after the accused were tracked down to a location in Geeta Colony.

In a similar incident last week, a woman had alleged that she was gangraped in a moving car and was dropped in south Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin area nearly two-hours after a drive. However, the case was later found to be fake and the woman was arrested along with his brother for extorting Rs. 10 lakh for withdrawing the gangrape complaint.

Two years on, five held guilty for gangrape of Danish woman in Delhi

New Delhi: Five men, who along with four others were accused of kidnapping and gangraping a 52-year-old Danish woman at knife-point near the New Delhi railway station two years ago, were held guilty by a city court on Monday.

While pronouncing the judgement, Additional Sessions Judge Ramesh Kumar II said “All (five) accused are held guilty for all offences.”

The court fixed 9 June for hearing arguments on quantum of sentence in the case in which, under the new law, the offence of gangrape entails a minimum jail term of 20 years and a maximum of imprisonment till remainder of natural life.

The judge convicted Mahender alias Ganja (27), Mohd Raja (23), Raju (24), Arjun (22) and Raju Chakka (23), all of whom were present in the court.

They were held guilty for the offences under sections 376 (D) (gang rape), 395 (dacoity), 366(kidnapping), 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC.

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The sixth accused, 56-year-old Shyam Lal had died in February this year and proceedings against him were abated.

Three others are juveniles and the inquiry against them is in progress before the Juvenile Justice Board.

According to the prosecution, the five men had robbed and gangraped the Danish tourist at knife-point on the night of 14 January, 2014, after leading her to a secluded spot close to the Divisional Railway Officers’ Club near the Railway Station.

The woman had come to India on 1 January, 2014, and stayed in Delhi for a couple of days before leaving for Agra. After visiting several places, she returned to the national capital on 13 January, 2014, and stayed in a hotel in Paharganj near the railway station.

On the next day when she was returning to her hotel, she lost her way and asked one of the accused for directions when the men waylaid and gangraped her.

The verdict was welcomed by Special Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava who said that with the decision, a good message would be sent to the society.

“It is a good message for the whole society especially for people who are abroad that if anything wrong happens to them in India, the  law is there to protect and do justice to them,” he said.

Legal aid counsel Dinesh Sharma, who represented all the accused, said he would file an appeal against the judgement before the Delhi High Court.

During the hearing, the court was informed that the defence counsel had challenged its previous order dismissing a plea seeking to examine some doctors as witnesses on the potency issue of Shyam Lal.

The court, however, said nowhere in the application it was mentioned that the proceedings of this court had been stayed by the Delhi High Court.

“Hence, this court is not barred from passing the order,” the judge said.

2012 Delhi gangrape convicts move HC against sentence in robbery case

New Delhi: Three of the four death row convicts in the 16 December gangrape and murder case have moved the Delhi High Court challenging the 10-year jail term awarded to them by a trial court in a robbery case.

Akshay Kumar Singh, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma, who were convicted for dacoity and dishonestly receiving stolen property, have alleged that the trial court’s order was “bad in law” and “against the principle of natural justice”.

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Besides the trio, the trial court on 2 September last year had also awarded 10-year imprisonment to convict Mukesh, saying they “do not deserve any leniency”.

It had also imposed a fine of Rs 1.01 lakh each on the four convicts, who are currently lodged in Tihar jail.

The convicts in their appeal, filed through advocate AP Singh, have sought setting aside of the trial court’s decision saying the judgement did not pay “heed towards facts produced by the accused persons during the trial of the case”.

The plea stated that the prosecution has failed to prove its case and had not placed any material evidence, which could point to their guilt.

“Trial court had passed order (conviction and sentence) without applying its judicial mind and without taking into consideration the facts and documents placed by the convicts on record and has wrongly relied upon the version of the complainant,” the convicts have said in their appeal.

They have sought bail during pendency of their appeals.

Six persons, including a juvenile, had beaten up and had robbed carpenter Ram Adhar before raping and brutally assaulting a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus in south Delhi on the night of 16 December, 2012. Thirteen days after the assault, she was transferred to a hospital in Singapore for emergency treatment, but succumbed to her injuries.

As per the charge sheet in the robbery case, the police had alleged that bus driver Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Vinay, Pawan and Akshay, along with the juvenile, had snatched the 35-year-old carpenter’s mobile phone and Rs 1,500 after luring him into the bus.

Mukesh, Vinay, Pawan and Akshay were awarded death penalty on 10 September, 2013 by a trial court in New Delhi in the gangrape and murder case which was later confirmed by Delhi High Court on 13 March, 2014. Their appeals are pending before the Supreme Court.

Out of the six, accused Ram Singh had allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail on 11 March, 2013 and proceedings against him were abated.

On 31 August, 2013 the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Board sentenced the minor accused to a three-year stay in a special home for gangrape and murder of the girl. The juvenile, now 20-year-old, was recently released from the reformation home.

Kerala shocker: Dalit law student brutally raped and murdered in Ernakulam

A 29-year-old law student from Kerala’s Ernakulam district was brutally raped and murdered on 28 April as she was brutally stabbed and kicked in the stomach. Her body was found in a mutilated condition inside her home, as per this report by India Today.

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File photo of Kerala police. Getty images

The report quotes the police as saying that the incident took place four days back and the Dalit student’s severely-stabbed body was found by her mother when she returned from work.

According to this report by NDTV,  the woman was brutalized with a sharp instrument and also had a head injury. The police suspect that the incident took place between 1 p.m and 5 p.m, states the report.

In an indication of the severity of the assault, the woman’s intestines were hanging out when her body was found.

According to India Today, the mother of the woman is mentally challenged and had no good relation with any of the neighbours. The friends of the victim found out about her death from a local newspaper.

However, the police said that the investigation in still in process and no arrests have been made so far.

Thane shocker: 14-year-old tribal girl allegedly raped at a marriage function

Thane: A 14-year-old tribal girl from the district was allegedly raped by a youth at a marriage function which she had gone to attend, police said on Monday.

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Representational image. AFP

On 18 April, the girl, hailing from Bombe Pada hamlet of Mohili village in Thane, had gone to attend the wedding in nearby Sontakke village.

After the function, she was sleeping in a room at the marriage venue. The accused, identified as Mayur Mukne (19) who works at a brick kiln, forcefully took the girl out of the room to an isolated location where he allegedly raped her, Sub-Inspector Sheetal Bamne said.

Two other acquaintances of the accused, Harish Bombe and Uday Bombe, both brothers, who had also gone to attend the marriage, later allegedly threatened the victim with dire consequences if she revealed the incident to anyone, she said.

Out of fear, the girl did not inform the police immediately after the incident, but later mustered courage and lodged a complaint on Monday morning.

The victim and the three accused are residents of the same Bombe Pada hamlet in Mohili village.

Offences have been registered against the three accused under sections 376 (rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and also sections 4 and 21A of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, police said.

A manhunt has been launched to nab the three accused, police added.

UP police introduce ‘criminal tracking app’ for women’s safety

Ghaziabad: Uttar Pradesh Police on Sunday introduced a ‘criminal tracking app’ which is hoped to offer help, especially to office-going women who commute by auto rickshaws.

Launching the app, Inspector General of Uttar Pradesh Police (Meerut zone) Sujeet Pandey claimed the app is the first of its kind in the country.

Stating that the app works offline too, Pandey told media its important feature is that it opens a person’s criminal record on voice sense.

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UP police. File photo. AFP

If operated online, the police would be able to access data of over a lakh criminals that would be stored in it at later stages. Though it is at present being tried as a pilot project in Ghaziabad, it will be introduced in range and in zone, state and the country soon, Pandey said.

It is India’s first such app which contains the criminals’ information. The app contains a data base, collected from District Crime Record Bureau (DCRB), auto survey, vehicle records from transport department and jail.

In a demonstration of the app, Pandey called a criminal’s name loudly over the device as Deepak. The entire criminal record of about 50 individuals named Deepak was soon visible on the screen. Now if police want to zero in on a particular Deepak, a filter provision is given in the app, the IG demonstrated before the media persons.

“Likewise the three-wheeler’s record which will be boldly written on the rear of the vehicle, through which the women passengers could message the details to their families before occupying a seat in the auto.”

“For example, if a woman takes an auto-rickshaw from Vaishali, its unique number would be displayed on the back as V-1. If the woman sends V-1 (on SMS) to her home, the entire details would be displayed on the device through this app. This is very beneficial for the woman passengers,” the officer added.

Salman Taj Patil, Ghaziabad (City), superintendent of police, demonstrated the operation of the app with the help of software engineer Ishan Sinha at in an auditorium at the Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad.

Muktsar rape case: Caught on camera, rapist surrenders in Punjab

Almost a month ago, a 24-year-old woman in Punjab’s Mukstar was raped. On Friday, the accused, Gurjinder Singh surrendered himself.

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According to previous reports about the case in NDTV, A CCTV footage shows the survivor being dragged out of her workplace by a man, who then took her to a farmhouse, raped her and then released her.

According to the report on, the woman was working in a computer centre when the man dragged her out in broad daylight on a street for close to 100 metres. The police only registered a case after five days after the incident and according to the news website, the woman, a Dalit met the National Commission for Scheduled Castes.

According to The Hindustan Times, Gurjinder, also known as Jojo lives in Kandu Khera village took the victim to Tapa Khera village and raped her.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Manvinder Singh said that the survivor was “traumatised” and wanted the accused to be given harsh punishment. Speaking to The Hindustan Times, Sumir Kumar, owner of the computer centre who had witnessed the abduction said that the survivor and Gurjinder had been chatting, but soon he abducted her and “started fighting” with the onlookers.

Widespread sexual harassment still persists in Delhi despite tougher laws, says study

Washington: Sexual harassment remains a pervasive problem in Delhi despite tougher laws being enacted after the gruesome December 2012 gangrape and murder case, according to a new study that found 40 percent of female respondents were sexually harassed in the past year.

About 40 percent of women surveyed in Delhi said they have been sexually harassed in a public place such as a bus or park in the past year, with most of the crimes occurring in the daytime, researchers said.

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Representational image. AP

Further, 33 percent of women have stopped going out in public and 17 percent have quit their jobs rather than face harassment in public places.

“What this means is that women, despite Nirbhaya, are still afraid,” said Mahesh Nalla, from the Michigan State University in US.

Nirbhaya became the pseudonym given to the gangrape victim whose death in 2012 brought worldwide attention to violence against women.

“Women in India do not feel safe being in public spaces, which is clearly a human rights issue,” Nalla said.

While sexual harassment is a problem experienced by women worldwide, it may be more prevalent in emerging democracies such as India and other countries in South Asia where women are becoming more involved in the workforce, said Nalla.

“The problem is intensified by the existence of a cramped, inadequate public transportation system, massive youth migration to urban areas and the fact that India is a traditional patriarchal society where many still believe a woman’s place is in the home,” he said.

Nalla and Manish Madan, assistant professor at Stockton University, surveyed about 1,400 men and women in the capital city of New Delhi on a host of issues including perceptions and history of sexual harassment, use of public transportation, safety in public spaces and police effectiveness in dealing with these concerns.

Researchers found that 40 percent of female respondents were sexually harassed in the past year and 58 percent were sexually harassed at least once during their lifetime.

Respondents were asked to gauge the seriousness of sexual incidents ranging from whistling to asking a woman for sexual favours to patting her buttocks or squeezing her breasts.

While both men and women generally considered all incidents serious, men considered them considerably less serious, illustrating “a disjunction between how males and females think,” Nalla said.

Sexual harassment of women in public spaces in India and elsewhere in South Asia – known as “Eve teasing” – has long been a common occurrence, particularly by groups of young male perpetrators, he said.

The 16 December, 2012 gangrape and murder by a group of men on a moving bus in Delhi brought about new laws for rape and criminalised voyeurism and stalking.

However, despite these efforts, sexual harassment continues on a broad scale, the study suggests.

The research was published in the journal International Criminal Justice Review.

PTI

Five booked for raping a woman in Uttar Pradesh

Muzaffarnagar: A 27-year-old woman was allegedly raped by five persons at Tewda village in the district, police said. The incident occurred on Wednesday under Kakroli police station when the woman was brought near a jungle by the five accused who then raped her, SHO Pankaj Tyagi said.

Police have registered a case of gang-rape against the five accused, including a former candidate of Lok Sabha elections, Musa, Tyagi said.

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The woman has been sent for medical examination. Meanwhile, some locals met the police officers and alleged that the accused have been falsely implicated and the case is a result of old enmity.

No arrest has been made so far, the SHO added.

In another case, a 14-year-old girl was raped by her landlord’s son when she was alone in the house in Shamli district yesterday, police said.

The girl has been sent for medical examination.Police are investigating the case and the accused is absconding.

PTI

Nirbhaya fund: Parliamentary panel raps WCD ministry for unspent money

New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel on Wednesday rapped Women and Child Development Ministry for letting Nirbhaya Fund “lay idle” for last few years when crimes against women have been on the rise and asked it to come up with concrete steps to ensure their safety.

“Crime against women is on the rise. Many more steps can be taken up to tackle this issue. Concerted efforts have not been taken by the ministry…It is unfortunate that huge funds are lying idle when so much can be done for the protection and welfare of women. It is to be noted that Nirbhaya Fund was available since last 2 to 3 years. It is high time that the ministry should take up this matter earnestly,” the panel said in its Action Taken Report.

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The Committee has also asked the ministry to submit a status note on the use of the amount.

“The Committee is not satisfied with the action taken by the ministry in this regard. The Committee is of the view that only a small fraction of the fund allotted is utilised,” the report said.

“The Committee also desires that a status note on the use of this fund may be submitted to the Committee at the earliest for its perusal,” the panel said.

Pointing out that the Nirbhaya Fund had a total of Rs 3000 crore as Rs 1,000 crore was allocated to it for each year from 2013 to 2016, the panel said the ministry has not come up with a clear strategy to ensure its proper utilisation.

“The Committee observes that the ministry has not come up with any concrete action plan to utilise this fund. Women safety is a major priority and to deal with it and prevent the rising crimes against women, it is high time that the ministry comes up with steps to ensure women safety,” it said.

PTI

Pachauri wrote six poems to express his ‘feelings,’ states Delhi police chargesheet

New Delhi: TERI executive vice chairman R.K Pachauri, accused of sexually harassing a former woman colleague, had written six poems aiming to express his “feelings”, praising the beauty of the victim who he called “cold” for lack of her response.

According to informed sources, Delhi Police in its chargesheet has said that Pachauri had remained “engaged in sexually-laden conversations” with the victim citing various telephone calls, e-mails, and WhatsApp messages exchanged between the two. This happened despite several messages by the victim that she could not reciprocate his feeling.

On 1 March, the chargesheet was filed before a magistrate in Saket court who has posted the matter for 23 April for consideration.

In the chargesheet, it was mentioned that Pachauri had written six poems where he attributed the victim as a “classical Indian beauty”. The victim had exchanged several messages with him acknowledging what he was writing, but always cautioning him not to assume that she too reciprocated his feelings.

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RK Pachauri. File photo. Reuters

He wrote: “Yet in this poor man’s heart love for her incessantly grows. But she loves me not, a ship I am that she passes by, nothing to me she owes! She’s so cold! Unrequited stays my love and arms empty and bare!”

The victim often tried to ignore him or tried to dissuade him, but Pachauri constantly kept sending her messages and e-mails, expressing what he called was love.

The victim in her statement before a magistrate has said that she repeatedly told Pachauri that she had no feelings for him, but Pachauri kept sharing the poems, expressing his feelings using words like “love sequestered”.

In another mail, Pachauri wrote: “And you have hurt me so often by being inconsistently cold on so many occasions. Not letting me touch you even though I have always treated your body with reverence and as sacred.”

He further wrote: “Perhaps, you regard a physical relationship as a matter of expediency and convenience. Well, I don’t and certainly not with your body which I worship, as you should have found out by now.”

The accused also mentioned in his mail that there were several girls who had made advances towards him.

“But…I am not a promiscuous person, and when I am so deeply in love with the most wonderful (even though obstinate and cold) girl in the whole world, why should I go and land somewhere else,” Pachauri wrote in one of the messages.

Sources said the police had mentioned in the chargesheet that Pachauri had hugged, kissed and held the victim’s hands without her wishes.

In fact, in the same message that Pachauri wrote on the “physical relationship”, he said: “Even when I ‘grabbed you (sic) body’ I had my left hand over your right breast. Did I make even the slightest attempt to hold it in my hand or fondle you there?”

In some of the messages, he would call the woman “Dearest Meri Jaan”.

In many of her replies, the researcher was clear cut in her response, despite which Pachauri kept on sending the messages.

The woman wrote on 12 December, 2013 in response to his message: “I am not a dumbo or someone who landed onto planet Earth very recently. I very well know what it is to love someone and just because I do not show you any feelings it does not mean I have none. I am not obligated to show you love as a woman would to her man. Please you have to stop expecting it and making me feel guilty of the way I am because that is just not how a healthy relationship between two non-lovers is.”

At one point, he feigned disinterest after being told by the woman colleague that she could not “give you anything that you seek from me”. Pachauri wrote: “Fine. Let’s call it quits. I cannot have anything to do with a girl whose every action is supported by her legal stands and is devoid of any tenderness.”

Police have chargesheeted Pachauri under various sections of the Indian Penal Code dealing with assault or criminal force on woman with the intent to outrage her modesty, sexual harassment, stalking, criminal intimidation through word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman.

Police have cited around 23 prosecution witnesses and detailed the mails and SMS texts exchanged. However, despite the need to keep the woman’s name confidential, the police have mentioned that in several places, including in some of the messages sent by Pachauri.

The TERI executive vice-chairman was accused of sexually harassing a female colleague in 2015. He stepped down as chairperson of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in February last year and proceeded on leave from TERI where he was the director general.

In November, the woman researcher who accused him of sexual harassment quit her job at TERI, alleging that she was treated badly. TERI denied the charge.

On 8 February, Pachauri was appointed as the executive vice chairman of the organisation. After severe criticism, TERI on February 12 asked him to proceed on indefinite leave.

IANS

Tamil Nadu: Two girls who went missing on Monday evening found dead near railway track

Vellore: Two teenage girls who went missing on Monday evening were on Tuesday found dead close to a railway track off Katpadi junction in Vellore, police said.

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Representational image. Reuters

The girls, identified later as 17-year-old M Punithavalli and 16-year-old A Soundarya, were residents of Kasi Kuttai village in Katpadi taluk.

The two girls were close friends. While one was a class 12 student, the other had completed class 10 and they had gone out of their homes last evening for a stroll.

When they did not return, their parents had frantically searched for their daughters all through the night. The bodies were spotted by railway field staffers who were on a routine track inspection.

“The bodies of the two girls were found near the railway track off Katpadi. It may be an accident. We are inquiring into it and a case has been registered,” a Government Railway Police official told PTI.

The bodies have been sent to Gudiyatham Government Hospital for autopsies, which are underway.

PTI

DCW raps Delhi police again, asks for data on crimes against women

New Delhi: DCW chief Swati Maliwal on Sunday said that in case Delhi Police fails to submit data as sought by it on crimes against women, it will exercise its powers of a civil court.

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) had last Tuesday summoned Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi to appear before it on 8 February at 4 PM for producing the required records and explaining the “unreasonable” delay in sharing the data.

“DCW does not intend to prove a point by ensuring the presence of the police commissioner at its office and has, in fact, informed he may send his deputy to the summons, but must under all circumstances provide the data, else the Commission will exercise its powers of a Civil Court,” Maliwal said.

“The failure to present data sought by the Commission constitutes an offence under Section 176 of the IPC, which is punishable with a jail term of 1 month and/or fine,” she said, asserting that neither DCW nor the women of Delhi are “powerless”.

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Swati Maliwal. File photo. ibnlive

DCW has powers to requisition data from police under Section 10 of DCW Act, 1994, for the purposes of investigating and examining matters related to women’s safety, etc., Maliwal said.

The Commission had to resort to issuing summons to Delhi Police after repeated attempts to elicit data from the Delhi Police Commissioner proved futile, she said.

“In its letter, Delhi Police has stated that information sought on crimes against women was publicly available on its website, which is not the case,” Maliwal claimed.

“Strangely, in the same letter, they have also stated that if the data is revealed to DCW, it would cause a law and order problem in Delhi,” she said.

The Commission has informed Delhi Police that it is conducting a detailed study on women’s safety in the national capital for which it needs information to make recommendations to the government, she said.

Exercising the powers of a civil court, DCW can summon and enforce the attendance of any person from any part of India and examine him or her under oath. It can also requisition any public record.

PTI

Minor under treatment for rape in Jamshedpur hospital raped again by security guard

Ranchi: A 15-year-old rape victim, undergoing treatment at a Jamshedpur hospital, was raped for a second time by a security guard of the hospital, police said on Monday.

The minor girl, admitted to Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, was allegedly raped by Shambhu Mahto, a security guard of the hospital, on Sunday night.

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The security guard managed to flee the place after allegedly raping the girl. A woman staffer is also accused of helping the security guard to escape from the spot.

Police have launched a hunt for the accused. The security guards posted in the hospital have been interrogated.

The minor girl was earlier raped on 26 January by a 14-year-old boy. He was nabbed and sent to a remand home. The girl was hospitalised.

But she was again assaulted in the hospital when the security guard took her to the bathroom and allegedly raped her.

When the girl was raped her mother had gone to bring medicine.

Crimes against women, particularly rape, are rising in Jharkhand. Till November 2015, the total number of rape cases lodged in Jharkhand were 1,124 which was 967 during the same period in 2014.

IANS

Six convicted in Kamduni gangrape, quantum of punishment today: All you need to know

Almost three years after the brutal gangrape and murder of a 21-year-old college girl in West Bengal’s Kamduni, a Kolkata court on Thursday convicted six people in the case. Arguments and counter-arguments on the quantum of punishment will be heard by the court on Friday.

Additional City and Sessions Judge Sanchita Sarkar pronounced the order in a packed court room.

The ruling Trinamool Congress hailed the verdict and said it showed that the police administration had worked impartially to get the culprits of the gangrape and murder case booked. The Opposition, however, questioned why it took so long for the police to place the chargesheet and why it failed to get evidence against the two who were acquitted by the court.

Here’s all you need to know about the case:

— The gangrape and brutal murder of the girl occurred when she was returning home at Kamduni, about 50 km from Kolkata, in North 24-Parganas district after appearing for an examination at her college on 7 June, 2013.

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File photo of protests after the Kamduni gangrape incident. PTI

— The second year BA student was pulled into a farm when she was walking back home along a deserted road after alighting from a bus.

— One of the accused had waylaid the girl on a deserted road and took her forcibly inside the factory. He was pronounced guilty of abetting the offence and wrongful confinement.

— Her disfigured body, with injury marks all over, was discovered the next morning in a field behind the factory.

— The incident had raised a storm in the state, with the villagers, many of them friends and relatives of the victim, floating a platform Kamduni Pratibadi Mancha and seeking speedy justice and capital punishment to the guilty.

— They knocked on the doors of top political and constitutional authorities including the president, demanding that the trial be expedited. Sensing the sensitivity of the case, the Mamata Banerjee government handed it over to the state police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which named nine people in its charge sheet.

— However, controversies erupted one after another. There was much hue and cry when two village girls — Tumpa Koyal and Moushumi Koyal, the face of the Kamduni protests — were angrily labelled “CPI-M people” by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had to face a demonstration despite an unannounced visit to the victim’s ramshackle home days after the incident.

— Street protests synged Kolkata and other parts of the state in the days and months after the Kamduni incident. Women, youths, rights activists and college and school students, as well as leading lights of the civil society took out marches and rallies, and addressed meetings demanding justice and railing against what they called the “deteriorating law and order”.

— Police also drew flak after the victim’s uncle, a key witness in the case, succumbed to his injuries following a scuffle with security personnel during one of the protests in September 2013.

The conviction:

— Saiful Ali, Ansar Ali and Amin Ali were declared guilty of gang rape and murder by the judge, over two years and seven months after the gruesome incident near Barasat, 20 km from Kolkata, in North 24 Parganas district. The maximum punishment for these charges is death.

— Three other accused — Sheikh Emanul Islam, Aminur Islam and Bhola Naskar — were pronounced guilty of gang rape, criminal conspiracy and causing disappearance of evidence, under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. They could face the maximum punishment of life sentence.

— Rafiqul Islam and Nur Ali were acquitted, while the ninth accused Gopal Naskar died while the trial was on.

Reactions:

— “Whatever we have to say, we will say tomorrow (Friday). Let the verdict come,” said the victim’s brother outside the court premises.

— Mousumi Koyal, also victim’s friend, regretted that the probe was not done properly. “I don’t know how two of the accused were unconditionally released. It will be great if the government appeals against their acquittal,” she said.

— Pradip Mukherjee, former headmaster of Kamduni Primary School who was also in the forefront of the protest against the gang rape, also expressed surprised at the two accused being pronounced not guilty.”As per the stringent provisions for rape now, anybody present at the scene of the crime will be punished. How come two of them went scot free? But I hear the highest quarters of the administration have sensed there is something wrong and they are thinking of making an appeal. That’s good. Let us hope for the best,” he said.

— State Education Minister and ruling Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee said one has to abide by the court judgment. “Whatever the court decides, that’s the best. We can’t go beyond that.”

— State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury said, “A judge gives the verdict based on the probe findings. If the investigators fail to present adequate evidence, the judge cannot do anything. In this case, the administration has not acted properly. That’s the reason two of the accused have escaped punishment.”

With inputs from agencies

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