As soon as three judge bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam assembled for the hearing over the horrific gang-rape, it expressed shock over the incident, which has grabbed headlines, and took cognisance of the matter.
The bench also comprising, justices Ranjan Gogoi and M Y Eqbal passed the order and directed district judge of Birbhum in West Bengal to visit the place and file a report before it within a week.
The gang-rape of the 20-year-old girl was allegedly ordered by a village head at a khap panchyat in Labhpur, about 200 km from Kolkata, as punishment for falling in love with a man from a different religion.
She was gang-raped by 13 persons after a 'salishi sabha' decided to punish her on January 21.
The tribal woman is battling for her life at a hospital in Suri.
The victim and her family members in their complaint before the police there had said that among those who participated in the gang-rape were people old enough to be her father.
The victim and her paramour were caught, tied to a tree and assaulted after which they were asked to pay a fine of Rs 50,000. The gang-rape took place after the girl expressed her inability to pay the amount.
All the accused, including village head (known in the area as 'morol'), have been arrested. The gang-rape allegedly took place inside the morol's house on a raised platform for all to see.
All the 13 accused were presented before a court there which has remanded them to 14 days' judicial custody.