PATNA: In a landmark judgement, a local court in Bihar has jailed a couple for life for the trafficking, rape and sexual abuse of children.
The court of additional district and session judge, Gaya, Sachhidanand Singh awarded life imprisonment to Panchu Singh and his wife Chhaya Devi on Tuesday for running a brothel and pushing the children in the horrible flesh trade. The court also imposed a fine of Rs1.35 million on the convicts.
Half of the total fine collected will be given to the victims, the court ordered. The judgment comes a week after the couple was convicted for the crime.
A team of Gaya police had raided a brothel in 2015 and rescued nine girls thrown into the flesh trade. All the victims belonged to West Bengal.
The police had acted after a woman from West Bengal identified as Laxami Majumadar filed a case with the Gaya police. In her complaint, the woman had narrated how her teenaged daughter Puja Mazumadar was kidnapped from Kolkata by the accused persons and pushed into the flesh trade.
Subsequently, the trial of the case began in the Gaya district court. During the trial, the rescued victims had reportedly told the court how they had been compelled to serve the clients from five in the morning till nine at night. The accused had been convicted last week.
“In most cases, once the girls are rescued, they go home and never come back to testify but here some of the girls came back and described in details the horrors they had been through. They told the court about forced abortions, the rapes and how some girls had even committed suicide,” prosecutor Sunil Kumar told a news agency.
Among them was a teenager from Howrah in West Bengal who was forced to have sex with at least 20 men a day for three years. The said victim was had been kidnapped at the age of 11 by the culprits.