Kamduni rape case
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Kamduni rape case

30 Jan 2016 | By Vaneet Randhawa

3 get death, 3 life-imprisonment in Kamduni gang-rape case

Three people were given death sentence and 3 life-imprisonment by a Kolkata court for gang-raping and killing a woman in 2013 at Kamduni village in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district.

Sanchita Sarkar, the Additional district and sessions judge sentenced "Ansar Ali Mollah, Saiful Ali and Amin Ali to death and awarded life imprisonment to Bhola Naskar, Imanul Islam and Aminur Islam."

Timeline

7 Jun 2013: The Kamduni rape and murder

On 7 June 2013, a 20-year-old woman was assaulted while she was going back home from college.

The second-year BA student was coercively taken inside a "factory where she was gang-raped and then brutally murdered".

The victim's mutilated body, with injuries all over, was found the next morning in a field behind the factory complex.

The rape sparked extensive outrage across the country.

Fact: 9 arrested in the Kamduni case

The Kolkata police arrested 9 people in connection with this case and charged them under "IPC sections 376D, 376A, 302, 341, 201, 120B and 109."

12 Jun 2013: Protests over the rape rock WB

Protests over the rape rock WB

There were rampant protests held at the Kamduni bus stop on Rajarhat Main Road by the Kamduni villagers.

On 10 June, the Kamduni residents marched in front of Barasat II BDO Office and were later joined by others.

On 12 June, the brothers of the victim met the Chief Minister at the Writers Building and refused financial compensation demanding capital punishment for the rapists.

17 Jun 2013: Banerjee calls Kamduni people 'Maoists'

CM of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee visited Kamduni and promised the people that a charge-sheet would be made against those arrested for the rape within 15 days.

The men belonged to the area that was Trinamool's stronghold and nothing was done, infuriating the people.

On being pressed to hear the side of the Kamduni people, Banerjee "accused them of being CPI(M) cadres and Maoists."

Fact: Protests led by eminent intellectuals

On 20 June 2013, eminent intellectuals like filmmaker Aparna Sen, followed by poet Shankha Ghosh and actor Soumitra Chatterjee held protest marches to get justice for the Kamduni rape victim.

28 Jan 2016: Court hold 6 guilty, acquits 2 in Kamduni case

Court hold 6 guilty, acquits 2 in Kamduni case

A Kolkata sessions court proclaimed 6 accused in the Kamduni gangrape and murder case guilty while acquitting two others.

8 people were standing trial in the 2013 gang-rape and murder.

One of the accused had died in custody during trial.

Trinamool Congress hailed the judgement saying it showed "police administration has worked impartially to get the culprits of the gangrape and murder case booked."

30 Jan 2016: 3 get death, 3 life-imprisonment in Kamduni gang-rape case