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Leftist MP in Bengal jailed for raping minor

Indian MP jailed over 1982 rape

An MP has been jailed for 10 years for the gang rape of a woman in West Bengal, eastern India, in 1982.

The prosecution said Bir Singh Mahato led the assault on the woman two days after the men in her family had been detained by police.

The court heard four men ransacked a house in Purulia district, where Mr Mahato is the MP, and gang raped the then 25-year-old woman.

He has denied the charges and will be appealing against the decision.


WB MP gets 10 ys for raping minor

CNN-IBN  Friday , May 12, 2006

Kolkata: In 1982, he raped a minor. Twenty-four years later justice was delivered.

All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) MP from Purulia, Bir Singh Mahato, has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for raping a minor in 1982.

Though a rape and rioting case was registered against him in 1982 at the Bagmundi Police station, the judgement was pronounced by Purulia's district sessions judge on Friday.

Mahato was produced before the additional sessions judge in Purulia, taken into custody and sent to Purulia jail.

Mahato had been contesting on AIFB ticket for the past 24 years despite the charges.