The Supreme Court on Friday directed the West Bengal Government to place before it copies of the FIR, forensic report and statements recorded by the police in the Birbhum gangrape case.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam, after going through the report of the state Chief Secretary on the action taken by the police in connection with the gangrape of a young tribal woman by 13 villagers in the district, said “the government has taken effective steps but we want more.”
It directed the state government to place all documents before it on March 3.
On January 31, the Supreme Court had directed the West Bengal Chief Secretary to respond to its query on what action police had taken in the case of the gangrape of the 20-year-old.
The woman was raped allegedly on the orders of a kangaroo court as punishment for falling in love with a man outside her community and not being unable to pay the fine imposed on her by the kangaroo court.
The Bench had taken suo motu cognisance of the incident on January 24 and had directed the district judge to visit the place and file a report before it.
The victim and her paramour were caught, tied to a tree and assaulted after which they were asked to pay a fine of Rs 50,000. The gangrape took place after the girl expressed her inability to pay the amount.
The victim and her family members, in their complaint before the police, had said that among those who brutalised her were people old enough to be her father.
All the accused, including the village head (known in the area as ‘morol’), have been arrested.
The rape allegedly took place inside the morol’s house.