The 16-year-old girl,whose rape and subsequent death triggered protests in West Bengal last week,was raped eight times in two hours by six youths on the night of October 25 before she fell unconscious,according to the chargesheet submitted to a Barasat court by investigators. The assault in Madhyamgram,North 24 Parganas,was the first time the girl was gangraped.
After the assault,the girl was taken to the house of a local but as she was unconscious the assailants dumped her in an open field in a nearby mango orchard,the chargesheet,submitted in court on December 17,said. The girl was found by locals who took her home only the next morning.
According to the girls family,she was allegedly abducted and gangraped a second time on October 26 when the family was returning from the Madhyamgram police station after lodging a police complaint. The family said the girl was snatched from them near Patuli Humaipur Masjid by the assailants,who abused and threatened them for lodging the police complaint. They took away the girl and gangraped her again. Police are yet to submit the chargesheet in the second case.
Top police sources said they have not yet submitted the second chargesheet as they were not certain if the girl was gangraped the second time. We are investigating into the matter, said a senior police official,who did not want to be named.
The case has been transferred to the sessions court from the CJM court. The first hearing in the case has been scheduled on January 6,said public prosecutor Bikash Ranjan Dey.
The victims family told The Sunday Express that police were trying to downplay the second incident. The original FIR in the second case does not mention rape charges.
Sudip Chatterjee,Sub Divisional Police Officer,Barasat,explained that the family complained about the second rape incident only during a hearing in the CJM court after which the investigators pleaded before the magistrate for inclusion of rape charges in the second FIR too. The court had agreed and the necessary changes were being made,said Chatterjee.
According to the chargesheet in the first case,the medical examination of the girl had corroborated rape several times. The accused have confessed during police interrogation which was videographed and would be produced as evidence during trial,said the investigators. Police have been able to get 15 witnesses whose submission was also video-recorded and produced before the court. All the witnesses are locals of the area.
The gangrape case and the murder of the girl are now being investigated by two sets of investigators. The Bidhannagar commissionerate team is investigating the murder case for which police are awaiting the DNA report of the foetus. The rape cases are being investigated by Madhyamgram police under the SP,North 24 Parganas.