KOLKATA: The police have finally filed a 200-page chargesheet in the Kakdwip schoolgirl rape and murder case on Wednesday, adding the rape charges.
With the chief minister prodding the police to act tough on the accused, the chargesheet, filed just 25 days after the incident, has sections 376 (2)(i) IPC (which can lead to a decade behind bars) and 376 (A) IPC, which has a punishment ranging from a minimum of 20 years till death. Cops have also slapped murder charges on the accused.
Since prime accused Gopal Hazra and his accomplice Sahadeb Patra used to stalk the girl, police have slapped Section 11 of The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 on them as well. The trial is expected to be held in-camera before a special POCSO judge in the Alipore district and sessions court.
South 24-Parganas SP Sunil Chowdhury said, “We will comply with all directives of the special court subsequently.”
According to the provisions of the POCSO Act, 2012, the special court has to complete recording of evidence within 30 days and complete trial within a year. A PIL has also been filed in Calcutta high court demanding a Rs 20lakh compensation for the victim’s kin.
The November 20 incident had threatened to snowball into a major embarrassment for the ruling Trinamool Congress, with police not registering a rape case in the first instance.
Protesters held on to the body for three days, refusing to cremate it. The police had initially insisted that since the preliminary complaint did not mention rape, the section could only be added in the FIR after the postmortem.