India jails 24 for teen’s 1996 rape ordeal

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iol pic wld india -rape -court AFP Indian students from Saint Joseph Degree College participate in an anti-rape protest in Hyderabad in September 2013. File picture: AFP

New Delhi - An attorney says one man was sentenced to life and 23 others to varying prison terms for raping a teenager who was kidnapped and held for several weeks in southern India 18 years ago.

Defence attorney Anella George says the high court in Ernakulam, in Kerala state, sentenced 23 men to 7 to 11 years in prison on Friday.

The 16-year-old victim was abducted in 1996 and raped in homes, hotels, cars and public buses by the convicts over the next one and a half months.

Her attackers included a retired professor, lawyers, businessmen and government officials.

A court had acquitted all but one of the accused in 2005. But India's top court ordered a retrial last year. - Sapa-AP


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