Park Street gangrape case: Court convicts 3, punishment likely today

Two accused still on the run; victim’s family says justice has finally been served

Written by Arshad Ali | Kolkata | Updated: December 11, 2015 12:55 am
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A Kolkata sessions court Thursday pronounced three youths — Ruman Khan, Naser Khan and Sumit Bajaj — guilty in the Park Street gangrape case.

A few days after the incident on February 5, 2012, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had called it a ‘staged incident’ to malign the state government. Suzette Jordan, the 37-year-old victim and a mother of two, died on March 13, 2015, after multi-organ failure due to meningoencephalitis.

 

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“The accused were found guilty under sections 376 (2)(g) (gangrape), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) of IPC,” said senior public prosecutor Sarbani Roy.

At 10:30 am on Thursday, Judge Chiranjib Bhattacharya, said the proceedings would be conducted in-camera as had been done for over two years. The verdict was pronounced after the media, NGO members, relatives of the complainant and the accused were asked to leave the courtroom.

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The quantum of punishment will be specified at 2 pm Friday. Two among the five accused in the case, Mohammad Ali and main accused Kader Khan, are yet to be arrested.

Subhasish Roy, Suzette Jordan’s advocate, said the judge had passed the verdict relying on her deposition.

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“It is her (Suzette’s) fearless attitude and belief which has paid off. Her character was also put to question by people holding important positions in society,” he said.

Reacting to the verdict, the victim’s father said: “Justice has finally been served, thanks to the efforts of the administration, judiciary, police and media. Had my daughter been alive, things would have been better.”

“Her soul will now rest in peace. But in spite of the verdict in our favour, I don’t think we will celebrate Christmas or New Year,” said Suzette’s grandmother.

Forty-five witnesses were examined during the trial that ran for over two years.

Speaking to the media in New Delhi, the CM called it a “good verdict”. Meanwhile, the family of the accused said they would challenge the judgment in the high court.

“It was fabricated from the word go. We will move the high court,” said Nazir Khan, brother of Kader and Naser.

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    Sirius
    Dec 10, 2015 at 1:20 pm
    The other two accused must also be caught and incarcerated. I hope that bail is not automatic in rape caes if the accused file an appeal in HC. All the convicted have to serve their time in jail ...
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    Fools_for_india
    Dec 10, 2015 at 10:57 am
    And the Supreme CORRUPT(SC) of India acquited all three rapists in 2050!!!! It also ped STRICTURES against prosecution for not presenting its case to the fullest extent. Ha.... Ha.....
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    Bhupal Halder
    Dec 11, 2015 at 5:00 am
    Chief Minister should be catious before any comments because all reporting officers ate either not expart or not have integrity.
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    Rajesh
    Dec 10, 2015 at 10:39 am
    Momota i when told of this case stated that the woman was raped because she was a prosute. If Bengalis have any shame they will oust that foolish woman.
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    Kaliyug
    Dec 10, 2015 at 6:26 pm
    Mamta needs to set aside her dream of getting re-elected and do the right thing for the women who are in danger of Muslims raping them and then using their voting power to abscond from the law.
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    jai
    Dec 11, 2015 at 6:59 pm
    mamta banerjee: as a woman, you are a disgrace to the women of india. all the women from west bengal should teach her a lesson at the polls!
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    jai
    Dec 11, 2015 at 6:57 pm
    these rapists are worse than dogs and MUST be castrated. their families who support such dogs should be shunned and publicly shamed in the media.
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    truthhurts
    Dec 10, 2015 at 11:16 am
    TWO KHANS..PEACE MEMBERS STRIKE!
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