By: Ashis Senapati
Kendrapara, August 25 (LocalWire): Former district judge Krushna Chandra Kar passed away at his residence at Kendrapara on Tuesday due to heart failure. He was 91.
Kar worked as the district judge of Cuttack, and was the judge who convicted Dibakar Naik along with 7 others under Sections 376 (rape) and 302 (murder), read with Section 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code for life imprisonment on the charges of gang-raping and murdering a woman journalist, Chabirani Mohapatra in Jagatsinghpur district on Oct 10, 1980.
Chhabirani, aged about 23 years, was raped and murdered on Oct 10, 1980 in the river bed of River Biluakhai, when she along with her husband Nabakrushna Mohapatra, was fleeing the village to save their lives, as commanded by the accused persons.
All the accused were later acquitted by the Orissa High Court in 1993.
However, the Supreme Court in 2002 set aside the order of the High Court and convicted all the accused persons for life imprisonment by upholding the judgment of the district judge.
While pronouncing the judgment in 2002, Justice R.P. Sethi and Justice Doraiswamy Raj of the Supreme Court stated that shrieks and wails of a young and helpless woman (Chabirani) pleading for mercy, praying for sparing her life and honour did not deter the vulture-like culprits in committing the most ghastliest crime known under the sky, of rape and culpable homicide for quenching their thirst for passion and revenge.
She was gang-raped and killed by the culprits regarding the publication of some material against them by the deceased and her husband, both journalists.
Many opposition leaders spearheaded the movement against the Chief Minister Janaki Ballava Patnaik in 1980 after the gruesome gang rape and murder of journalist Chabirani.
After his retirement, Krushna Chandra Kar was doing social work in Kendrapara. He is survived by his three sons and a daughter.
His body was cremated at Kendrapara on Tuesday evening.
Kendrapara MLA Sashibhusan Behera, former minister Ganeswar Behera and others condoled his death.