A Delhi court reserved its order on the quantum of sentence to be awarded to the five men held guilty of abducting, raping and robbing a 52-year-old Danish tourist in the capital in January 2014 for Friday.
Additional sessions judge Ramesh Kumar II -- who convicted accused Mahendra alias Ganja (27), Mohd Raja (23), Raju (24), Arjun (22) and Raju Chakka (23) -- will pronounce its verdict on quantum of sentence on June 10.
The prosecution sought maximum punishment for all the convicts saying that the crime was not only brutal to the victim but has also dented the image and reputation of the country.
Severe punishment will send a strong message in society, the prosecution said.
The accused have been convicted under sections 376 (D) (gangrape), 395 (dacoity), 366 (abducting woman), 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.
The five convicts had gangraped the Danish woman at knife point near the New Delhi railway station.
Under the new law that came into force in 2013, the offence of gangrape entails a minimum jail term of 20 years and a maximum of imprisonment till remainder of natural life of the convicts.
The defence has said it would challenge the trial court’s verdict before the Delhi high court.
Nine men, including three juveniles, were accused of abducting, raping and robbing the 52-year-old Danish woman at knife-point near New Delhi railway station in the night of January 14 two years ago after she asked for directions to her hotel in Paharganj area of the city. She was taken to a secluded placed, beaten up and raped.
One of the accused - Shyam Lal (56) - died in February in Tihar Jail while the three minors are facing proceedings before the Juvenile Justice Board.
Sexual violence against women has been a problem in India, particularly in Delhi. Parliament amended the law to toughen jail sentences for rapists and overhauled policing procedures in the wake of the December 16 gangrape of a para-medical student on a moving bus in 2012. She later died in a hospital in Singapore, triggering large scale protests.
The prosecution had examined 27 witnesses to prove their case against the accused did not lead any evidence. But they denied the charges contending a day prior to the incident they had hired a prostitute and had physical relations with her.