After the long wait of 25-years, the justice has been finally served for the survivor of Supaul gang-rape case and her family after the court of additional and district judge-III Ravi Ranjan Mishra pronounced verdict in the case on Friday, January 31.
In their verdict, the court has found the then Janata Dal MLA, Yogendra Narayan Sardar his son Uma Sardar besides Shambhu Singh and Bhupendra Yadav alias Bhupen Yadav guilty under Sections 376 (rape), 366 (kidnapping), 458 (house-trespass) and 324 (voluntary causing hurt) of IPC and awarded life imprisonment. It also imposed a penalty of Rs1 lakh on each of the four convicts.
The APP said that the four convicts were awarded 10 years imprisonment each under sections 366 and 458 of IPC and penalty of Rs 1 lakh each. In addition, they were sentenced to undergo three years imprisonment under section 324 of IPC and a fine of Rs.25,000 each. Also, failing to pay the fine amount, they will need to spend 6 months more in jail.
As per the prosecution, the former MLA from Triveniganj reached the house of the victim around midnight on October 16, 1994, when she was sleeping with her mother in the house under the Triveniganj police station area. The accused made her captive and forced her to sit in a Jeep and was later gang-raped.
The survivor, however, castrated the then lawmaker during the course of the crime. In fact, the ex-MLA was severely injured in the process and was rushed to a hospital. The girl managed to escape the crime scene and narrated the ordeal.
An FIR was lodged against the accused with the Triveniganj police station on October 19, three days after the incident, on the survivor’s statement. She was also admitted to a hospital for treatment.