Bengal Gang-Rape Victim Stable, Faces Doubts from Accused'Lawyer

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"The 13 accused will be produced at 2 PM in the court today. We have applied for their police remand," Public Prosecutor Ranjit Ganguly said.

Bolpur Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate Pijush Ghosh had yesterday remanded them to 14 days of judicial custody.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday shunted out Birbhum Superintendent of Police C Sudhakar for failing to seek police remand for the 13 accused in the gang-rape of the tribal girl that has sparked public outrage.

Meanwhile, the tribal woman, who was allegedly gangraped on the orders of a kangaroo court at Labhpur in Birbhum district, was today examined by a medical team at Suri hospital.

Hospital sources said she was stable and taking food. West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan had advocated corporal punishment for the culprits.

The woman's family, in their complaint, said that she was gang-raped after a 'salishi sabha' or kangaroo court decided to punish her on January 21.

She said that among those who brutalised her were people old enough to be her father.

The woman and her paramour were caught, tied to a tree and assaulted after which they were asked to pay a fine of Rs 50,000. The gang-rape took place after the girl said that she was unable to pay.

"The morol (village headman) ordered that I be 'enjoyed' by the men of the village. Following his orders, at least 13 people, including (some) members of a single family, continuously raped me. I lost count of how many times I was raped," said the victim.

Lawyer of the gang-rape accused, sought medical reports of the young woman, who was gang-raped in West Bengal, on the orders of a village court for having an affair with a man from another community, after court remanded all the 13 accused to police custody.

Police said that her male companion was tied up in the village square, while the assault on the woman happened in a mud house.

Refusing to believe the woman's word, the lawyer representing the accused in court, Dilip Ghosh, said that he had sought the medical reports of the victim as he doubted the fact that a girl could survive even after being raped by 13 men.

"The truth behind this so-called allegation of gang-rape must be unearthed. Is it possible that a girl, who has been gang-raped by 13 men, gets up and walks away from the spot? Now, the girl is supposedly in the hospital. So, I asked the court for allowing us to have the medical reports of the girl," said Ghosh.

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