Rape as retribution

Print edition : February 21, 2014

Policemen and forensic experts inspect the site where a woman was allegedly gang-raped at Subolpur village in Birbhum district, on January 25. Photo: AP

The main accused, Balai Maddi, the headman of Subolpur village, being produced in the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Bolpur on January 24. Photo: PTI

The accused coming out of a court at Birbhum district on January 23. Photo: REUTERS

Judicial Magistrate Arpita Hira, DSP (Headquarters) of Birbhum Partha Ghosh, Chief Judicial Magistrate Rajib Chakraborty and Additional District Judge Subhodeep Mitra in front of the house where the crime occurred, on January 27. Photo: PTI

The women of Subolpur village. Many women in the village spoke in defence of the accused. Photo: SUSHANTA PATRONOBISH

A case of gang rape of a tribal girl on the orders of a village kangaroo court sends shock waves across the nation, but the villagers rally around the accused.

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