Birbhum gang-rape: 20yrs jail for all 13 convicts

  • Surojit Ghosh Hazra, Hindustan Times, Bolpur
  • Updated: Sep 20, 2014 13:42 IST

A court in Bengal sentenced on Saturday 13 people to life imprisonment for the gang-rape of a tribal girl on the orders of a village council in Birbhum district around eight months ago.

Additional district and sessions judge Siddhartha Roy Choudhury said the district magistrate of tribal-dominated Birbhum should ensure that dependents of the guilty do not suffer from starvation.

All the convicted are from the backward sections of the society.

On January 21, a tribal girl from Subolpur village in Birbhum was gang-raped by a group of men on the orders of a kangaroo court for having an affair with a boy from another community.

The incident had sent a shock wave across the nation. Even the Supreme Court took stock and directed the district magistrate of Birbhum to submit a report.

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