The rapists in front of Jamshedpur civil court on Monday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Seven persons were convicted on Monday in a brutal gang rape case lodged with Telco police in 2011.
The court of district and sessions judge Satya Prakash Sinha will award punishment on October 3 after hearing the defence lawyer.
The convicted have been identified as Nazir Khan alias Raju, Azad Khan alias Badshah, Md Shera, Md Qasim, Taffazul Haque, Jahid Khan alias Sunny and Ravi Sharma alias Kalia.
All the seven are residents of Barinagar in Telco and are aged between 22 and 32 years.
After the sentence, Sunny said they would appeal in Jharkhand High Court for a revision of the judgment.
The accused were lodged in Ghaghidih Central Jail since the time they were arrested a few days after they committed the crime on April 25, 2011, a Monday.
The seven had gang-raped a newly-married woman at the forest department’s theme park in Telco.
Around 5.30pm on the fateful day, the woman and her husband had decided to take a stroll in the almost-deserted theme park.
They were coming out of the watchtower an hour later when one of the accused accosted them, saying they could not leave the park, and called up his friends over cellphone.
The youths — most in a drunken state — had overpowered the woman’s husband and dragged her to an isolated spot in the park.
They raped her repeatedly till around 10pm.
Before releasing the woman, the culprits, in an act of barbarism, also pelted stones at the couple.
They also refused to give the victim her clothes back so that she could not seek immediate help from the police. They relented only after she begged for cover.
Mustering courage despite the trauma, the couple met the then deputy superintendent of police (city) Aloke Kumar and lodged an FIR with Telco police at 11pm the same night.
The victim, a resident of Purulia district of Bengal, had come to her maternal uncle’s house in Barinagar along with her husband.
The then officer-in-charge, of Telco police station, Kalimu Zama, arrested all the seven accused. The victim identified them later.