Birbhum gang-rape: SC raps Bengal govt, directs Rs 5 lakh compensation to victim
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Last Updated: Friday, March 28, 2014, 12:24
  
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Kolkata: The Supreme Court on Friday rapped the West Bengal government saying that it failed to protect the fundamental right of the 20-year-old Birbhum gang-rape survivor.

In addition to already sanctioned Rs 50,000, the SC today directed the Bengal government to give Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the tribal girl who was gang-raped by 13 men on the orders of a kangaroo court after she expressed her inability to pay a fine for being in love with a man from a different community.

The apex court said that all states are duty-bound to protect the right of women, adding that women have the freedom of choice in marriage.

The 13 people, including the 'morol' (community head) Balai Murdy accused of the gang-rape are in police custody.


First Published: Friday, March 28, 2014, 12:24


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