Three persons were on Friday sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment by a court in Jaipur for raping a Japanese tourist on the Jaipur-Ajmer National Highway in February.
The main accused, Ajit Singh Choudhary, and his two friends Abrar and Wahid were awarded a 20-year imprisonment under Section 376 D (gang rape) and others. Three others - Ramveer, Shivraj and Ramraj - were sentenced to two years of imprisonment and were asked to pay a Rs 5,000 fine, while Dharmveer, Ravindra and Rajveer were acquitted, according to special public prosecutor BS Chauhan.
The Japanese woman was raped on the intervening night of February 8 and 9 at Mozamabad near Dudu area on the Jaipur-Ajmer National Highway, nearly 50 kms from Jaipur. Choudhary introduced himself as a tourist guide, took her to a few tourist places during the day on his motorcycle and raped her at night at a deserted place near Mojamabad village in Dudu. He was caught on February 13.
The 20-year old victim had come to Jaipur as a tourist and was visiting Jal Mahal when Choudhary lured her on the pretext of taking her for sight-seeing. She was left at a desolate place after the crime. A passerby noticed her and took her to Dudu Police Station where a case was registered.
A chargesheet was filed in the court within two weeks of the incident.
There were a total of nine accused against whom the police had filed the chargesheet under various sections including 376 D (gangrape), 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her for marriage), 342 (wrongful consignment), 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) and others.
As per section 376 D, when a woman is raped by one or more persons constituting a group or acting in furtherance of a common intention, each of those persons is considered deemed to have committed the offence of rape.
(With inputs from Agencies)