3 held guilty in Park Street gang-rape case

A court on Thursday held three men guilty of raping a 40-year-old woman inside a moving car in the up scale Park Street locality of Kolkata in 2012. The police are yet to arrest mastermind Kader Khan and another accused named Ali.
Suzette Jordan, mother of two teenaged girls, who had appeared in public several times and said she had no inhibition in her name being published to encourage other rape survivors to speak out, died of encephalitis in March this year.
Additional Sessions Judge Chiranjib Bhattacharya held Ruman Khan, Naser Khan and Sumit Bajaj guilty for gang rape and some other sections of the Indian Penal Code. The charges carry a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.
Suzetta, then 37, was offered lift in a car outside a night club at Park Street on February 5, 2012. She was gangraped inside the moving vehicle before being thrown off near an intersection, about 2 km from the night club.
Her family expressed happiness over the verdict. “Her soul can now rest in peace. Justice has been delivered and we are really very happy. It has been tough on her and tough on the family,“ her sister told reporters outside the court.
Her father fought tears as he spoke of the delight his daughter would have felt had she been around to hear the verdict. “We have gone through a lot. My daughter is no more, but justice has been delivered,“ he said.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had courted controversy after she said that the hue and cry over the incident was an attempt to malign her government and that it was fabricated.
Though the law prohibits the disclosure of the identity of a rape survivor, Suzette came out in the open a year after the crime.

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