Kerala court sentences four youths to life for gangrape of a minor girl
Kerala youths, who had gangraped a minor girl hailing from West Bengal in 2011
at Vayathur near Irikkur in the northern Kannur district, were on Monday
sentenced to life by a court here.
The accused have
also been directed to pay Rs one lakh each as fine which would be given to the
victim, hailing from Murshidabad in West Bengal. The court had on Saturday
found the four guilty of the crime and the quantum of sentence was pronounced on
Sessions Court Judge V Shircy, had found the accused - PV Biju (38), Mohammed
Shariff (27), Mohammed Salim (25) and Jamsheer (22) guilty of various offences,
including kidnapping, rape and wrongful confinement.
Observing that the
accused had committed the most heinous crime and did not deserve a lesser
punishment, the judge sentenced all the four to life imprisonment. The first
accused, Biju, a lorry driver, has been directed to sell his lorry and hand
over the proceeds to the victim. The victim is lodged in Mahila Mandiram here.
police, the girl had come to Kerala in search of her lover. She came to know
that he was working at Virajpet in Coorg in Karnataka. However, on going there
along with her brother-in-law and another man, she failed to find him as he had
left for West Bengal.
The three were
waiting at a bus stop for Iritty in Kannur when three of the accused, who were
in a lorry, offered them lift. Instead of taking them to Iritty, they drove the
lorry to a river bank at Vayathur and gangraped the girl after beating up the
two men with her on December 24, 2011. They then called their friend to join in