Noida 2009 gang rape: 24-year-old convicted for crime committed as minor, sent to reform home
The Juvenile Justice Board convicted the man who was aged 17 at the time of the crime. He has been awarded the maximum sentencing under the JJ Act.noida Updated: Feb 19, 2018 19:48 IST
The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) on Monday convicted a man for gang raping a 24-year-old MBA student in 2009 when he was still a minor, and sent him to a reformation home for three years, the maximum sentence under the JJ Act.
JJB presiding magistrate Arul Verma said the presence of the man at the scene of the crime had been established by overwhelming evidence and witnesses correctly identified him before the court. He was over 17 years of age at the time of the offence.
The board, which sent the man into protective custody in a reform home at Majnu Ka Tilla in New Delhi, allowed his plea to suspend the sentence for a month to enable him to file an appeal against the judgement. A trial court had last year acquitted nine other adults accused in the case on the grounds that the identity of the real culprits could not be proved.
The JJB has also asked the Uttar Pradesh authority to take steps for paying compensation of more than Rs 3 lakh to the rape victim. It ordered perjury proceedings against two defence witnesses for giving false testimony before it.
According to the prosecution, being represented through Special Public Prosecutor Neelam Narang, the incident took place on the evening of January 5, 2009, when the woman along with her male friend, was returning from the Great India Place Mall in their car which was forcibly stopped by several youths who were returning on their motorcycles after a cricket match.
Brandishing cricket bats, four of these boys sat in the car and started beating the girl and her friend, pushed them to the back seat and drove the car to a secluded place near urban Noida village Garhi Chaukhandi, police said. At the isolated place, their other associates also joined and 11 persons allegedly gangraped the woman and took away their valuables like mobile phones, wrist watch and ATM cards, police said.
The complaint was lodged with the Noida Police by the victim’s friend. One of the accused died during the trial.