A sessions court in Pune sentenced three persons to life imprisonment in the Hinjewadi gang-rape case on Friday.
The order was pronounced by additional session judge WK Sangle, who had convicted the three accused, namely, Subhash Hiralal Bhosale, Ganesh Uttam Kambale and Ranjit Shahaji Gade, on October 19.
The victim, an MBA graduate, was gang-raped by the accused near Information Technology Park at Mankar Chauk in Wakad, on the outskirts of Pune on April 1, 2010, after she accepted a lift in their car.
The incident highlighted the lack of security for women working in the Hinjewadi area, where several IT companies are located. The issue was raised in the legislative assembly too.
Advocate Ujjwal Nikam, who had been appointed as the special public prosecutor in the case, had sought maximum punishment for the accused, for committing an offence which he said was "worse than the murder".
"The honour of the rape-victim is lost and can never be recovered," he had said.
"This judgement will make citizens feel secure," said Nandkishor Bhosale-Patil, senior police inspector of Hinjewadi Police station, who had probed the case.