HC revokes Goondas Act on 16 rape accused

The Madras High Court (MHC) has revoked Goondas Act that was imposed on 16 accused involved in the heinous rape and torture of a speech and hearing impaired girl in July 2018.

As per reports, the trial in the Ayanavaram child rape case is expected to begin 18 January.

Totally, 81 witnesses are to be examined before a Mahila court on the High Court campus. A total of 17 men were charged various sections and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

The more than 300-page charge sheet was fi led on 16 September. The minor girl was repeatedly raped by 17 men at her apartment complex for six months. The case was reported in July 2018 and on 6 September City Commissioner A
K Vishwanathan passed orders to book all the accused under Goondas.

NT Bureau