SC seeks WB govt action in Birbhum gang-rape case

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the West Bengal government to place on records details of action taken by the police in the gang-rape of a tribal woman on the direction of the village council in  Birbhum district. It is alleged that the victim was raped by 13 men.

A bench of Chief Justice P Sathasivam and Ranjan Gogoi said that even though state government had taken certain measures, more effective action was required.

The court directed a state government counsel to place before it copies of FIR, forensic report and statements recorded by police, along with case diaries in the matter.

The apex court had on January 24 taken suo motu cognisance of the incident and asked district judge to submit a report.

Subsequently, it also sought a report from the chief secretary.

The January 21 gang-rape of the 20-year-old woman was allegedly ordered by a village head at a kangaroo court in Labhpur, 200 km from Kolkata, as punishment for falling in love with a man from a different religion.

The court directed the next hearing on the matter on March 4.

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