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Ranchi, May 17:A Jharkhand court on Friday sentenced six people, including a Christian priest, to life imprisonment for their involvement in a gang rape. The sentencing by Additional District Judge (ADJ) Rajesh Kumar of the Khunti District Court was earlier scheduled for Wednesday but was deferred until Friday.
The women were performing a street play on June 19 last year to spread awareness against human trafficking in the remote Kochang village of Khunti district when they were abducted and gangraped.
In his 225-page judgment, additional district judge Rajesh Kumar said that conspirators should get the same punishment as the rapists.
The judge also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on Aind failing which he will have to undergo an additional jail term of two years. Besides, he was also sentenced to seven-year jail term for voluntarily causing hurt and wrongful restraint. All the terms would run concurrently.
The three rapists — Junas Munda, Ayub Purti and Baji Samad — were were also fined Rs 1 lakh each.
There were a total of eight accused in the case. While one remains at large, a minor has been sent to juvenile court. A probe is going on against two nuns of an NGO in the case.
Five girls were gang-raped in June 19, 2018 in Arki in Khunti district. Based on the statements of the victims, the police arrested seven people including Father Alphonso. The victims had gone to Arki to perform a drama to create awareness regarding government schemes. They were abducted and assaulted.