India jails 24 for teen’s 1996 rape ordeal


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.

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

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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