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Birbhum tribal gangrape: SC seeks chief secretary's report

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed West Bengal government's chief secretary to inform  action taken by police in connection with the gangrape of a tribal woman by 13 villagers in Birbhum district. Chief Justice
India TV News Desk January 31, 2014 17:03 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed West Bengal government's chief secretary to inform  action taken by police in connection with the gangrape of a tribal woman by 13 villagers in Birbhum district.

Chief Justice P Sathasivam said it appears police has not taken any action against the accused till now. The apex court has asked the chief secretary to respond within two weeks.

The 20 year old tribal girl was raped brutally by 12 men one after another, after a village kangaroo court gave the primitive verdict. The tribal girl was having an affair with a man outside her community.

The bench had taken suo motu cognizance of the incident on January 24 and had directed the district judge to visit the place and file a report before it.

The victim 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 gangrape took place after the girl expressed her inability to pay the amount.

The victim and her family members in their complaint before the police had said that among those who brutalized her were people old enough to be her father. 

All the accused, including village head (known in the area as ‘morol'), have been arrested.

The rape took place inside the morol's house.