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Park Street Rape: Victim dead, accused found guilty

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Kolkata:  Three of the five accused in the Park Street rape case were pronounced guilty today by a Kolkata court.

When the Park Street Rape Victim of Kolkata came out in public as Suzette Jordan, and sought justice, the city and the media went up in uproar.

Under Indian law, a rape victim’s name cannot be revealed without the individual’s permission. The very fact that such a person can openly say that she had been raped and demand that she not be blamed for the crime obviously ruffled some very important feathers.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had called the matter a “shajano ghotona” or a fabricated event, and accused Suzette of trying to show the government in a bad light.

The ensuing media hype was followed by protests, candle marches, and Suzette’s brilliant use of media, including appearing in Aamir Khan hosted TV show- ‘Satyameva Jayate’.

Suzette had been gang raped by five men who had offered her a lift home from a Park Street night club on the night of February 5, 2012.

It was only in 2013 that trial finally began, as the accused had claimed the case was false, and the CCTV footage evidence had been sent for forensic tests to Hyderabad. Suzette underwent rigorous examination for almost six months.

Despite numerous obstructions, senior IPS officer Damayanti Sen succeeded in identifying the five accused, of whom, three were arrested. Kader Khan, the main accused, and Ali are still absconding. Sen was ‘transferred’ from her post after this.

However, the 37-year-old mother of two died from meningitis in March.

Today, after four years of the crime, the three arrested– Ruman Khan, Naser Khan and Sumit Bajaj, were pronounced guilty of gang rape by Additional Sessions Judge Chiranjib Bhattacharya.

On the day when Salman Khan is allowed to walk free, this move gives hope for the many awaiting justice.

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Shashi Tharoor fails to introduce bill to decriminalize gay sex


New Delhi: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s bill to decriminalize gay sex could not be passed as members from ruling BJP and even his own party walked out on Friday’s Lok Sabha session.

The bill met with strong opposition and was also rejected by Law Minister Sadananda Gowda.

Only 24 lawmakers spoke in favour of the bill with a large number of lawmakers voting out the bill.

“Surprising to see such intolerance,” Mr Tharoor tweeted.

Former union minister Tharoor sought to introduce a bill to amend Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which prohibits sex “against the order of nature”.

This phrase was sought to be dropped by the proposed bill, along with legalizing consensual sex between adults, irrespective of sexuality and gender.

Lawmakers from Kerala gave the proceedings a miss due to the impending Kerala elections in a few months.

The Delhi High Court, in 2009, exempted consensual gay sex from Section 377, stating that the law went against the right to equality, privacy, and personal liberty.

However, in 2013, the Supreme Court, finding the law constitutionally valid, restored the ban and left it in the hands of the Parliament to remove or change the law.

At that time, the ruling Congress Party stood against the decision to restore the ban while the BJP supported Section 377. However, since the BJP came to power last year, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has supported calls for changing the law and ending the ban.

“When you have millions of people involved in this (gay sex) you can’t nudge them off,” said the minister at an event last month.

“When millions of people world over are having alternative sexual preferences, it is too late in the day to propound a view that they should be jailed. The Delhi High Court’s view appears more acceptable,” Jaitley commented.

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Kamduni says ‘no’ to Park Street rape verdict


By Arnab Mitra

Kolkata: The verdict on the Park Street Rape case which gave 10 years of imprisonment to the criminals on the proposal of public prosecutor Sarbani Roy, faced avid criticism from all sides, with some people raising questions as to how a government employee can act against the government.

The residents of Kamduni also reacted strongly against the court’s verdict and demanded a harsher punishment for the criminals.

Kamduni came into the limelight after the brutal gang rape and murder of a college girl named Shipra Ghosh. Similar to the Park Street case, this rape was also denied by West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee who had termed the protestors “Maoists”.


Mousumi Koyal, a Kamduni resident said, “The court verdict on the Park Street case is very disappointing. The government has repeatedly tried to hamper this case as well (Shipra Ghosh rape and murder). We have even received threats from party workers.”

“Recently, the judge was removed from this case and it was shifted from the Barasat Court to the Bankshal Court. We still have full faith on the system. We want to see the criminals getting the maximum punishment,” she added.

Another resident, Malina Koyal said, “We demanded ‘hanged till death’. They have no right to live in this society”.


At a rally organized by AIDWA (CPIM women’s unit) and DYFI from Kakdwip to Kamduni to protest against the rising atrocities on women in West Bengal, AISWA Vice President Ramala Chakraborty slammed the CM saying, “The Park Street case court verdict proved who was right and who was wrong. However, the verdict is rather disappointing. We are demanding the maximum punishment for the criminals.”

According to recent data published by the National Women Commission, West Bengal comes second in terms of rape, women molestation and violence. It is high time the government takes necessary steps for women protection, instead of standing tall for criminals.

Mousumi Koyal and Malina Koyal speak on the Park Street Rape verdict:

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Park street rape: Three accused get ten years imprisonment


Kolkata: The three men convicted in the gang-rape of an Anglo-Indian woman Suzette Jordan on Park Street here were sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment on Friday by a court here.

Pronouncing the quantum of punishment during in-camera proceedings, Additional Sessions Judge Chiranjib Bhattacharya also slapped fines of Rs 1 lakh each on the three accused – Ruman Khan, Naser Khan and Sumit Bajaj.

“The judge after considering all aspects and hearing the accused persons on the quantum of sentence, sent them to 10 years of rigrorous imrpisonment, with fine of Rs1 lakh each under section 376 (2)(g) (of the Indian Penal Code) dealing with gang-rape. In default, they would have to serve another six months of rigorous imprisonment,” said a lawyer associated with the case.

If the fine amount is realised, that would go to the legal heir of the woman, who died on March 13 this year.

On Thursday, the judge had pronounced all three guilty of gang-rape.

While all three were found guilty of gang-rape, Naser and Ruman were also convicted under various sections dealing with criminal conspiracy, voluntarily causing hurt, criminal intimidation and common intention.

The woman — then 37 years old, a divorcee and mother of two — was beaten up and gang-raped by five men at gun-point inside a moving car and then thrown off the vehicle near a city intersection on the night of February 5, 2012, after she had come out of a night club on fashionable Park Street.

Prime accused Kader Khan and co-accused Mohammed Ali were still absconding.

Both Naser and Ruan were also sentenced to three simultaneous sentences of six months, six months and four months under section 120B (criminal conspiracy), section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and section 506 (criminal intimidation) respectively. The duo was also fined Rs10,000, Rs10,000 and Rs5,000 respectively under the three IPC sections.

“The fines, if realised, would have to be paid to the victim’s legal heirs,” a lawyer said.

All the sentences would run concurrently.

Relatives of each of the accused said they would move an appeal in a higher court.

Ten years rigorous imprisonment is the minimum punishment givne to a person convicted under section 376 (2)(g).

The judge earlier in the day asked each of the accused youth what they had to say about their possible quantum of punishment. All three pleaded their innocence and prayed for minimum punishment considering their age and family situation.