The rape case took a controversial turn, when the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee termed the rape as a ‘sajano ghotona (fabricated incident)’ even before an inquiry was initiated.
Nearly three years after taking the country by a storm, the Park Street Rape case will near its culmination on Thursday, where the Sessions Court in Kolkata will pass its verdict. However, 37-year-old rape victim Suzette Jordan will not be able to see justice delivered to her.On Thursday, the court will pass the verdict and announce the quantum of punishment of the three behind bars— Nasir Khan, Ruman Khan and Sumit Bajaj. The two prime accused, Kadir Khan and Md. Ali, are still absconding.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On February 6, 2012, Jordan was allegedly gang-raped by five men in a moving car on Park Street. During the trial of the case and a year after the incident took place, in 2013, Jordan decided to reveal her identity to the world and spearhead gender-related issues and stand by rape victims. She even hit the streets to register her protest against rapes and murders in the state.While Indian laws forbid the disclosure of a rape victim’s identity, Jordan had chosen to not hide her name and came out strongly against her aggressors. “Why should I hide my identity when it was not even my fault? Why should I be ashamed of something that I did not give rise to? I was subjected to brutality, I was subjected to torture, and I was subjected to rape, and I am fighting and I will fight,” she had said when she decided reveal her identity.The rape case took a controversial turn, when the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee termed the rape as a ‘sajano ghotona (fabricated incident)’ even before an inquiry was initiated.But, the then Joint Commissioner of Kolkata Police (Crime) Damayanti Sen, who spearheaded the investigations in the rape case, had maintained that the complainant was indeed raped. Two days after she cracked the case, Sen shunted out as the detective department’s chief and was asked to take over as the (DIG) at the Police Training School, considered to be a relatively low-profile posting.Suzette Jordan died of meningoencephalitis in a hospital in Kolkata on March 13, 2015.