A Delhi court awarded life imprisonment to five convicts in 2014 gangrape case of a Danish tourist on Friday.
Twenty-seven-year-old Mahendra alias Ganja, 24-year-old Raju, 23-year-olds Mohammad Raja and Raju Chakka and 22-year-old Arjun were 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 (IPC).
“For the offence of section 376 D IPC, all the convicts are sentenced to life imprisonment,” additional sessions judge Ramesh Kumar said while pronouncing the order.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 83,000 each on Raju and Raju Chakka, Rs 93,000 each on Mahender and Mohammad Raja and Rs 1,03,000 on Arjun respectively.
A total of nine people had gangraped a 52-year-old Danish woman at knife point near the New Delhi railway station on January 14 , 2014, when she approached them for directions to her Paharganj hotel.
The woman, who had returned to Delhi after visiting Agra, was taken to a secluded placed, beaten up and raped.
Fellow accused – Shyam Lal (56) – died in February in Tihar Jail while the remaining three – minors – are facing proceedings before the Juvenile Justice Board.
Special public prosecutor, Atul Shrivastava, had sought maximum punishment for the convicts – imprisonment till the remainder of natural life – saying the crime was barbaric and inhuman.
However, defence counsel Dinesh Sharma sought leniency on the grounds that convicted were from a poor background.
India brought in more stringent laws two years ago against sexual offenders after the fatal gangrape of a paramedical student in Delhi in December 2012. However, it has failed to stem the tide of violence against women across the country. The case however championed the cause of trying juveniles (aged 16-18) as adults in case of a heinous crime, including rape.
(With inputs from agencies)