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On the Kamduni Verdict

On 7 June 2013, a 20-year-old second-year BA student, while returning home from the college, was dragged to an abandoned factory, gang-raped and killed at Kamduni, a village in North 24-Parganas District in West Bengal. After a struggle for two years and eight months by the victim’s family, a sessions court in Kolkata held six of the nine accused guilty and let off two for want of sufficient evidence. One accused died during the trial. The courage of the local people is exemplary in this case. More than 60 people dared to give witness, ignoring threats.

But an alarming thing happened outside the court premises. One of the convicts, minutes after the verdict, threatened the victim’s brother while being taken to the prison van. “I will teach you a lesson,” he shouted. Fear lurks in Kamduni. Two pro­minent women activists of the Kamduni protest platform apprehended attacks after the verdict and approached the police. All this signifies the limits of legal justice.

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