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.