A Kolkata sessions court on Thursday found six of the eight accused men guilty of gangraping and murdering a 20-year-old women at Kamduni village in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district in 2013. The court is likely to pronounce the quantum of punishment on Friday.
The 20-year-old girl was attacked while she was returning home from college on June 7, 2013. The second-year BA student was forcibly taken inside a factory where she was gangraped and then brutally murdered, sparking widespread outrage across the country.
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.
Kamduni villagers, infuriated with the brutality, caught hold of one of the key accused, Ansar Ali, and handed him over to the police. Eight more men were arrested by the police subsequently.
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 labeled “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.
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.