Justice to Assam gang-rape and murder victim

NC Network, Assam

A court in Assam on Friday awarded death penalty to Zakir Khan, the main accused in the gang-rape and murder case of an 11 year-old-girl which took place in March,2018 in Nagaon district of Assam.

Hussain (19) was sentenced to death for the murder and to life imprisonment for raping the minor girl under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act by District and Session Judge Rita Kar .

On September 4 the court had convicted him and acquitted five other accused for lack of evidence . Two other minors who were found guilty were sent to a correctional home for 3 years by a juvenile court. 

The girl was a class 5 student who was gang-raped and later set on fire when she was alone at home Dhaniabheti Lalung Gaon in Nagaon district on March 23.

The girl was taken to the  Guwahati Medical College Hospital where she succumbed to injuries the next day. The rapist ran away after the crime.

A case was later filed in the atadrava Police Station and the accused were arrested on charges of rape, house trespass, causing disappearance of evidence and murder under the IPC.

The police filed a charge sheet on 28 April against 8 person after investigation.

People protested across the state and the Assam government in the assembly announced that it will bring in a stringent anti-rape law in the next session of the House. It also announced to recruit women Sub Inspectors through a special drive to have 30 per cent women in the police force.

Chief Minister of the state Sarbananda Sonowal launched a toll free helpline '181-Sakhi' for women in distress and the Gauhati High Court approved the proposal for setting up exclusive fast track courts for trial of cases related to rape and murder of women and children in Assam.

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