Court sends gang rapists to jail

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Pothashang News Service

Imphal, December 20, 2017: Fast track court, FTC for crime against women, CAW today sentenced life term and twenty years term imprisonment to three gang rapists who were convicted by the court on Monday for raping a girl in January 2014.

Additional session judge A. Noutuneshwari Devi, FTC for CAW today announced the quantum of punishment to the convicts Khuraijam Bungbung (30), Nongthombam Bocha (43) and Khuraijam Khamba Singh (26), residents of Lamlongei Mantripukhri Maning Leikai for the offence of gang rape.

Khuraijam Bungbung was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for life term which shall mean imprisonment for the remainder of the natural life and fine of Rs. 10, 000 as compensation to the victim. 

Bocha and Khamba Singh were sentenced for a term of 20 years each with a fine of Rs. 5,000 each as compensation. Default of the payment of the fine would undergo three months of simple imprisonment. 

The court mentioned that the period which had already been undergone by the convicts in the judicial custody during the period of investigations in the judicial custody will be set off from the sentence awarded in case of Bocha and Khamba. 

The three convicts were produced before the Additional Session Judge Fast Track Court, Crime Against Women, Lamphel today for sentence hearing after they were found guilty. 

The three convict raped the girl on the evening of January 22, 2014 at the Leihaopokpi hillock, in Imphal East district.

Following the incident, the uncle of the victim lodged a complaint with the Heingang police station the next day.

In his complaint, the uncle said that his niece was kidnapped by three persons at Lamlongei when she (Naobi) was coming from Mantripukhri and after detaining for few minutes at Lamlongei she was raped at Lamlongei jungle.

After thorough investigation of the case charge sheet was submitted and then the case was committed to Session Judge, Imphal East as the offence is exclusively trialable by the court of sessions. Later the case was transferred to the FTC.

Subsequently, charge was framed on July 24, 2017 against the accused. During the trial it was established by the court with evidence on records that it was gang-rape.

The court mentioned that as per the investigation record the accused persons slapped and her boyfriend was kicked and beaten while sitting together at the Leihaopokpi hill-lock. They then snatched away their mobile phones, and taken away the boyfriend under threat by accused Khamba and Bocha molested the victim. As par the record Bocha hold the two hands of the victims from her backside and accused Bubgbung forcibly raped the girl.  

The evidence on records speak of the participation of the commission of crime jointly and then committed gang-rape to the victim. As such all the three accused persons were thus liable jointly for the offence committed to the victim girl.

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