The hearing in the trial of the brutal rape and murder of a 20-year-old college girl at Kamduni in North-24 Parganas concluded before a designated court here on Tuesday with the bench deciding to pronounce the verdict on January 28.
After submissions before the Additional District Sessions Judge Sanchita Sarkar, by lawyers of the eight accused in the case and the public prosecutor, the court stated that the order would be passed on January 28, 2016.
The heinous incident had occurred on June 7, 2013 when the victim, a second-year BA student, was returning home after appearing for an examination at her college. She had got down from a bus at Kamduni, about 50 km from Kolkata, following which she was pulled into a vacant farm by a group of youths, who allegedly gangraped and then brutally murdered her. Her body was discovered the next morning in a corner of the farm.
The incident had led to an outrage in the state amidst concerns over women’s safety. Of all the nine persons who had been accused in the case, one died in custody during the trial, while the other eight are in judicial remand. The accused had been booked under Sections 376(d) (gangrape), 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.