New Delhi: A Kolkata sessions court on Thursday found three men guilty of raping a woman inside a moving car in busy Park Street.

The quantum of the sentence will be announced on Friday.

The victim Suzette Jordan, who waived her rights for anonymity and publicly identified herself, died on 13 March. A single mother, she was suffering from meningoencephalitis, an inflamation of brain.

“It’s a very fortunate day," said Jordan’s lawyer Anirban Guha Thakurta over phone on Thursday.

Charges were framed against the three accused—Nishad Khan alias Ruman Khan, Naseer Khan and Sumit Bajaj—for gang raping and criminal conspiracy in February 2013, a year after the incident took place. Two other accused—Kadir Khan and Mohammed Ali—are still absconding.

The incident took place on the night of 5 February, 2012 and Jordan reported the crime to both the police and the media. However, political leaders, including state chief minister Mamata Banerjee, dismissed her allegation stating that she was trying to make the government look bad.

Trinamool Congress MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar had claimed that Jordan was a sex worker and the rape occurred as a result of a dispute with a client.

The then joint commissioner of police (crime) Damayanti Sen, who originally apprehended Nishad Khan, Naseer Khan and Bajaj, was transferred to Barrackpore soon after.

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