6 teachers get life in Patan gang rape case

The Patan Fast Track Court of Justice S C Srivasatava convicted all the six accused teachers, awarded them life imprisonment, and slapped fine on each of them for the gang rape and abuse of a Dalit girl student in Patan's Primary Teacher Training College. The victim and her family were not present in the court and were at their home in Jetalvasna, 30 km away.

"I am happy that they have been punished, but any punishment will always be inadequate," the victim later said.

The court also ordered all the accused to pay Rs 10,000 each to the victim.

The six teachers are Ashwin Parmar, Manish Parmar, Mahendra Prajapati, Kiran Patel, Suresh Patel, Atul Patel. Ashwin, Manish, Mahendra and Suresh have been convicted under the charges of gang rape, criminal conspiracy and allied charges. Kiran, who is physically handicapped, has been convicted for unnatural sex, criminal conspiracy and gang rape. Atul has been convicted for rape.

The victim is one of the five children of a Dalit landless agricultural labourer, who had sent his daughter to the residential college, dreaming of making her a primary teacher. A certificate from the college would have qualified her for a job in a government-run primary school. The girl was gang raped repeatedly for months by six of her teachers.

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