Haldia Court goes down to history: sentences 13 yr imprisonment


Haldia: In connection to sex trafficking case, a Haldia court relaid it’s name in the pages of history by sentencing Naru Gopal Shaw to 13 years rigorous imprisonment for multiple sex trafficking related crimes. It serves as the maximum punishment and longest sentencing ever in a sex trafficking case in West Bengal.

On April 10, Shaw was convicted under five sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Immoral Traffic Prevention Act (ITPA) by the Additional District and Sessions Court, Haldia, Midnapore (E). What made history, though, is that Shaw was additionally convicted for abetting, or assisting, an already imprisoned brothel owner, for all of these charges.

“This case is very significant because he was not the principal accused, but was charged for abetment,” said Amal Ojha, the special public prosecutor assigned to the case. “This proves that even men who are not directly involved, but are helping as accomplices, can also be punished,” added Saptarshi Biswas, advocate for International Justice Mission (IJM), who provided legal counsel to the victims.

Shaw was also ordered to pay a fine of 1.53 lakh to be divided between the four victims.