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Plea to judge in gang-rape case

Members of the committee protest in Kokrajhar on Saturday. Telegraph picture

Kokrajhar, April 5: A large number of people gheraoed Gauhati High Court Chief Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre here today, seeking his intervention for fast-track justice in the March 29 gang-rape and murder case.

The girl, a resident of Boldigami village under Amguri police station in Bijni subdivision of Chirang district in Assam and a first-year higher secondary student, had gone fishing in the Makra with another girl from her village on March 29 morning. They were chased by about six to seven youths, who allegedly gang-raped her before slitting her throat. Her friend, who managed to escape, has identified five of the 14 people picked up by police.

Nearly a hundred civilians, including students and members of NGOs from Kokrajhar and Chirang districts, under the banner of Justice Appeal Committee, gheraoed Sapre at the Circuit House and submitted a memorandum to him. They demanded speedy and exemplary punishment to the culprits and a compensation of Rs 50 lakh to the girl’s family.

The committee has also posted over 1,000 postcards to the Chief Justice, seeking his intervention and and justice in the case. Expressing its displeasure over the progress in the case, the committee alleged that no tangible steps had been taken so far to punish the culprits. It said the case registered against the perpetrators under Sections 143/376/302 of the IPC was not adequate in view of the gravity of the crime. It threatened to chalk out its own course if action is not initiated.

The Chief Justice promised to look into the matter and act accordingly.

In the meantime, the committee has decided to carry out a series of programmes like a candle-lit rally near Gauhati High Court and appeal to the President.