Supreme Court provides relief to Kerala woman raped by 42 men

Crime against woman

A Kerala woman who was raped for over 40 days by 42 different men finally got some relief today. The Supreme Court overruled the verdict of the Kerala High Court which had found just one man guilty, and had acquitted 35 others in the case.

The victim from Suryanelli in Idukki district of Kerala was 16 years old when she was abducted in January 1996 and passed from man to man across the Tamil Nadu border before being abandoned.

The apex court on January 3, this year had decided to hear the appeal against the acquittal of the 35 accused on an urgent basis. The case had been lying pending with the Court for the last eight years. The court passed the order on an appeal filed by the State of Kerala challenging the acquittal of the 35 men in the case.

The Kerala High Court had acquitted the persons who were already convicted by a special court in September 2000. The High Court had found only one person guilty of crime related to the sex trade and had sentenced him to five years in jail and a fine of Rs 50,000.

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