Assam Hojai rape case: 1 gets death, another life imprisonment for murder & rape of 58-year-old teacher


GUWAHATI, August 2, 2018: The prime accused in murder and gang-rape if a 58-year-old school teacher at Jamunamukh in May, 2017 has been awarded capital punishment of life imprisonment to his accomplice on Wednesday by the Hojai session court.

The two accused Salim Uddin and Mainul Hoque both carpenter by profession, were arrested a day after the murder was reported and sent to judicial custody. Their conviction under Sections 201, 302 and 376 (A) of the IPC was pronounced by the sessions court on July 24.

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The court of additional district and sessions judge N. Senabaya Deori gave the death sentence and slapped a fine of Rs 20,000 on Mainul Hoque, 41.

The court showed some leniency to Salim Uddin, 32, in view of the fact that he had opposed raping the victim while she was unconscious and sentenced him to life imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 30,000.

 The victim, an assistant teacher in a primary school at Jamunamukh in Hojai district, 150km from Guwahati, was on her way home from school when the two carpenters raped and killed her. They then threw her body into the Kolong river, the police said.

A police source in Hojai said, "The police got details of the crime from three schoolchildren who were following their teacher back home that day".

The murder of the teacher, who hailed from Kampur in adjoining Nagaon district, had triggered an uproar with thousands of people taking to the streets on June 1, 2017, demanding capital punishment to the culprits.

Source: The Telegraph

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