Tripura principal gets life for rape

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By OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT in Agartala
  • Published 4.06.05
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Agartala, June 4: In a landmark judgment, Guwahati High Court yesterday upheld the life sentence awarded by the district and sessions court of South Tripura to Harishankar Tiwary, former principal of Kakraban Nabodaya School, for raping a student six years ago.

The bench, comprising Justice R.B. Misra and Justice A.B. Paul, also sentenced two teachers, Moutusi Deb and Mita Dutta, to two months? imprisonment and former vice-principal Ramkrishna Shukla to six months? imprisonment for their involvement in the crime. The trio had been earlier acquitted by the district trial and sessions court.

The division bench also imposed fines of varying amounts, the non-realisation of which would lead to extension of the jail term by one more month.

Tiwary was convicted of raping the victim several times in 1998 at his residence. The following year, the victim delivered a baby at the girls? hostel. The principal evaded arrest for some time, but intervention of the state women?s commission and the then SP (south) Arindam Nath finally led to his arrest. When the trial began in December 2000, Tiwary tried to manipulate the DNA test results in Calcutta and Hyderabad.

After obtaining bail, he was temporarily allowed to return as principal of the school. He was sentenced to life imprisonment by former district and sessions judge of South Tripura, D.K. Das Chowdhury, on June 17, 2003. However, Moutusi Deb, Mita Dutta and vice-principal Ramkrishna Shukla were acquitted for lack of evidence.

After the judgment, the state women?s commission decided to file an appeal to ensure conviction of the abettors of the crime.