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Saturday 14 December 2019
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Death sentence for seven in Vidya’s rape and murder case

Death sentence for seven in Vidya’s rape and murder case

The trial-at-bar court today  awarded  death sentences to seven men connected to the gang rape and murder  of Sivaloganathan Vidya, on 13 May, 2015 in Punguduthivu, Jaffna,  a crime that sparked widespread protests and drew countrywide attention to violence against women.

Jaffna High Court Judge M. Elancheliyan while sentencing them said the first and the seventh accused should be released because of the lack of evidence against them.

The seven men found guilty were also sentenced to 30 years rigorous imprisonment and ordered to pay Rs.1 million as compensation to Vidya’s family and in the event they failed to pay, the Jaffna High Court said their term of imprisonment should be extended.

 


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