Girl gangraped on orders of kangaroo court in Bengal

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 23, 2014 02:57 hrs

Suri: A 20-year old tribal woman was allegedly gangraped on orders of a kangaroo court at Labhpur in Birbhum district by five persons as a 'punishment' to her affair with a man from a different community.

Police said the woman was in a very critical condition at Suri Hospital and prima facie she had been brutalised by five people on Tuesday night who were later arrested.

The woman's family filed a complaint with the Labhpur police station that the incident happened following a meeting by her community leaders who decided to met out the 'punishment' for her 'crime' of being in love with someone outside her cast.

Refusing to give details, ASP Prashanta Chowdhury said, "Prima facie, she was gangraped and we have rounded up five persons. No more details."

The youth, with whom the girl reportedly had an affair, has also been arrested apart from the five locals who were slapped with charges of gangrape and causing grievous injury to a woman, police sources said. The charges against the youth are not clear.

A section of locals told the media the incident took place after a kangaroo court of tribals gave the shocking 'verdict' but this could not be officially confirmed. 

A teen tribal girl was paraded naked in the district four years ago for the same reason, which had sparked an outrage in the state and women's organisations were up in arms.

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