Bail for rape survivor, not support persons
A gang-rape survivor in Bihar who had been jailed a week ago for shouting in court after possibly suffering a nervous breakdown was released on bail on Saturday evening.
However, two members of a social organisation who were helping the survivor with the case and had been sent to jail with her were refused bail by the Araria court on Friday.
The 22-year-old gang-rape survivor, and Kalyani Badola and Tanmay, members of the Jan Jagaran Shakti Sangathan (JJSS), had been sent to 14 days’ judicial custody on July 10 after being accused of contempt of court, use of unparliamentary language, threatening the judge, snatching a copy of the survivor’s statement from him and obstructing judicial proceedings.
The survivor was on Saturday night released from the Dalsinghsarai jail in Samastipur district, around 265km from Araria.
The JJSS said in a media release: “We would like to reiterate our faith in the judiciary and appeal for the immediate release of the friends and support persons of the survivor. Beyond the immediate release, we would like to pursue the issue on the need to sensitise the criminal justice system on the gender aspect of such cases of sexual violence, in a non-adversarial manner, such that no one again has to go through such an ordeal.”