Vakapalli 2007 Gangrape Case Hearing On August 20

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Hyderabad: After court heard the arguments on Monday, the hearing in the Vakapalli gangrape case was posted to August 20.

The case dates back to 2007 when 11 tribal women were gangraped by AP Special Police personnel at Vakapalli village in Devarapalle mandal of Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh.

Of the 21 suspected policemen, 13 are being tried in a special court for cases registered under the SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

In the hearing in the special court, the evidence of Pandu, the assistant director of the Telangana State Forensic Science Laboratory (TSFSL), was resumed, a leading daily reported.

In the last hearing, the the witness was asked to produce the registers as per which the material objects were destroyed.

The case was posted to August 20 for the production of the Nagi Reddy report, the then secretary of tribal welfare, who was commissioned by the government to conduct an inquiry into the Vakapalli case.

2007 Vakapalli Gang Rape Case

It may be recalled that on August 20, 2007, the Greyhounds police attacked Vakapalli village and raped 11 Kondh tribal women. The news sparked nation-wide outrage and the victims had lodged a complaint with the Paderu police. But, the Government-appointed probe committees exonerated the Greyhound personnel. The tribals, women and human rights organizations launched a massive agitation and filed a private case in the court. The case was later transferred to SC/ST court. The 21 accused had later approached the High Court, which absolved 8 of them, while the remaining 13 persons approached the Supreme Court on April 26, 2016. The supreme court rejected their petition and directed the government and the Trial Court to pronounce judgment within six months.

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