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Rape verdict ‘hurts’

The family of a girl is unhappy with the verdict in their daughter’s gangrape case.

The first additional district and sessions judge of Banka, J.K. Sinha, on Thursday sentenced Md Kausar to life and fined him Rs 50,000. But the fate of four other co-accused is pending before a juvenile court as the accused were minors at the time of crime.

Two others, Md Baitul Ansari and Md Gulaman Ansari, the brother and father, respectively, of one of the juvenile accused, were sentenced to two years in jail and fined Rs 5,000 each for suppressing the incident and trying to force the girl’s family into withdrawing the case. The money is to be handed over to the victim.

The schoolgirl was gangraped at an isolated place, 2 km from her school, under Suia police outpost in Banka on December 15 last year.

Md Gulaman’s younger son Akram Ansari and two others, Aftab Ansari and Mahatab Ansari, are in a juvenile home at Bhagalpur. Another accused, Ahasana Khatun, a friend of the victim, is at a women’s reform home in Patna.

The girl, a Class X student of Suia Girls High School, was returning from school when Ahasana persuaded her to take another route. She handed her over to her friends Kausar, Akram, Aftab and Mahatab, who, after giving her sedatives, outraged her modesty. The victim lost her senses and the accused fled. When the girl did not return home, her family began looking for her and found her lying senseless in a pool of blood in the evening. She survived after battling death for over a week in hospital.

An FIR was registered three days later, after the girl’s father, a tailor in Calcutta, returned to Barfera. In the heat of the December 16 Delhi gangrape, which triggered nationwide rage, Banka police swung into action and nabbed Kausar and Akram from New Delhi. A speedy trial ensued.

The girl’s father is dissatisfied with the verdict. He said: “They ruined her life. We want death for them.” He alleged two other accused were over 20 but managed juvenile home. “I’ll beg for alms to challenge the judgment in a higher court,” he said.