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Student of Visva Bharati gets life term in rape case

nation Updated: Jun 03, 2016 09:12 IST

BOLPUR: A district court awarded life imprisonment to a PhD student of Visva Bharati University, Safikul Islam, for raping a minor, who was a student of a school under the same university in 2014.

The court also directed payment of compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the victim from the state fund.

Islam hails from Dadpur area of Sirajganj district in Bangladesh and has been studying here on a student visa. The victim too belongs to the same district.

The judge, while pronouncing the judgment, said: “The gravity of the offence is high. There is no scope of leniency in awarding punishment.”

The incident came to light on December 6, 2014, when a Class 12 student of Patha Bhavan — the secondary and higher secondary school of Visva Bharati — lodged a complaint with the police, alleging that she was repeatedly raped and blackmailed by a research scholar of the varsity for five months.

The police arrested the accused on the same day. Two laptops, where several pictures of the girl were stored, were also seized.

First Published: Jun 03, 2016 09:12 IST