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Rape victim at govt home

Suri, Jan. 31: The Birbhum girl who was allegedly gang- raped was today discharged from hospital and taken to a government home in the district along with her mother.

District officials said the girl, who spent nine days in the Suri district hospital, would be given training in sewing or handicraft or any other skill of her choice at the home.

District magistrate J.P. Meena said: “We will provide enough security when we send her to the house being built.”

Minister of state (independent charge) for women and child welfare, Sashi Panja, said the administration wanted the 20-year-old girl to return to normal life as soon as possible. “We will evaluate the situation before taking her to the new house,” Panja said. The government is building two houses for the girl and her mother, from Subalpur, in another village. The girl was told about the hostile mood in Subalpur and neighbouring areas. “After learning that, she agreed to stay at the home,” an officer said.

SC seeks report

The Supreme Court today told the state government to file a detailed report within two weeks on the action taken by police against the accused in the Birbhum gang-rape case. A three-judge bench of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, Justices Ranjan Gogoi and M.Y. Eqbal passed the directive after finding that the report submitted by Birbhum district and sessions judge on the alleged gang rape did not have any mention of action taken by police.