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Delhi HC upholds life term for convicts of Danish woman’s gangrape case

Nine people had robbed and gang-raped the Danish tourist at knife-point on the night of January 14, 2014, near the railway station. The Delhi high court dismissed the appeal of the convicts challenging their conviction and jail term awarded by a trial court in 2016.

delhi Updated: Apr 16, 2018 15:14 IST
PTI, New Delhi
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File photo of the Delhi high court. In the Danish woman gangrape case, the Delhi high court also pulled up an officer for not conducting a proper investigation.

The Delhi High Court on Monday upheld an earlier order of life imprisonment till death given to five convicts for gangraping a 52-year-old Danish woman in the national Capital in 2014.

The high court dismissed the appeal of the convicts challenging their conviction and jail term awarded by a trial court in 2016.

A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and I S Mehta said the testimony of the victim and the DNA report, which was a clinching piece of evidence, have nailed the guilt of the convicts.

The bench, however, pulled up the investigating officer of the case for not conducting a proper investigation.

The high court, meanwhile, rejected the testimony of an eyewitness given in the trial court, claiming to have seen the accused committing the crime, saying he could not be accepted as a natural witness.

“In view of the victim’s evidence, corroborated by the DNA report, this court his satisfied that the conclusion of the trial court on the guilt of the accused is correct. Accordingly, the appeals are dismissed,” the bench said.

The trial court had on June 10, 2016 awarded life imprisonment till death to the five convicts, saying their “inhuman” and “brutal” acts of abduction and gangrape in 2014 had put a stigma on the reputation of the nation.

The court had held the five men guilty for the offences under IPC sections 376 (D) (gang rape), 395 (dacoity), 366 (kidnapping), 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention).

According to the police, the nine persons, all vagabonds, had robbed and gang-raped the Danish tourist at knife-point on the night of January 14, 2014, after leading her to a secluded spot close to the Divisional Railway Officers’ Club near the railway station.

The victim had come to Delhi on January 1, 2014, and stayed for a couple of days before leaving for Agra. After visiting several places, she returned to Delhi on January 13, 2014, and stayed in a hotel in Paharganj near the station. The next day when she was returning to her hotel, she lost her way and had asked one of the accused for directions when the men waylaid and gang-raped her.

First Published: Apr 16, 2018 15:14 IST