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3 Men Accused of Raping Girl, 11, Appear In Labasa Court

The accused are Shanil Kumar, Rajendra Mani and Avneel Shandil Three men appeared before Judge Justice Daniel Gound­ar in the Labasa High Court yesterday for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl.
19 Jan 2018 14:15
3 Men Accused of Raping Girl, 11, Appear In Labasa Court

The accused are Shanil Kumar, Rajendra Mani and Avneel Shandil

Three men appeared before Judge Justice Daniel Gound­ar in the Labasa High Court yesterday for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl.

The incident happened earlier last year.

The accused are Shanil Kumar, Ra­jendra Mani and Avneel Shandil.

The State Counsel told the court one of the accused, Rajendra Mani, and the victim’s mother knew each other and he often visited the vic­tim’s home.

The court heard that when the 11-year-old girl got pregnant the mother of co-accused Avneel Shan­dil arranged for them to get mar­ried.

Shandil’s mother persuaded the victim’s mother for them to get mar­ried and raise their child together, the court heard.

The State Counsel said the issue of concern here was the mother of the victim who allowed the child to go to the accused, Avneel Shandil’s home when the victim got pregnant.

The State Counsel also informed the court that the victim was sup­posed to give birth last month or this month.

The victim is now residing in a special home for children.

The Social Welfare Department had taken over the matter, the court heard.

The State Counsel also said she was trying to contact the victim, but it was taking time because she had to follow proper channels.

Justice Goundar said he was con­cerned about the victim because there was no support from the im­mediate family members.

He said there were some issues about the case that had to be sorted out.

Justice Goundar said a suitable date must be set for the trial.

The court will set a date for trial once the victim is healthy to appear in court.

The three accused are on bail.

Justice Goundar asked the accused if they were reporting to the Police station as required to which they said they were.

He informed the three accused not to attempt to interact with the vic­tim in any way.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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