Ten months after a Mohali-based woman was allegedly gangraped by a group of four youths, the court of Additional District and Sessions judge Amit Kumar Sharma on Tuesday sentenced one of the accused to life imprisonment, and sent the other three to 20-year imprisonment.
The convicts were identified as Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Majra Mehtab, Kalka; Bholu Kumar, a resident of Lagwani village, Hamirpur, UP; and Gautham and Pankaj, both residents of Gaon Ghatiwala, Pinjore. All the four were booked under sections 376 D (gangrape), 342 (wrongful confinement), 323 (voluntary causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (acts done by several people with common intention) of the Indian Penal Code at Pinjore Police Station.
While the prime accused, Rajesh Kumar, 24, who is married and has a four years old child, was sentenced to life imprisonment, the other three were sent to 20-year imprisonment. A fine of Rs 50,000 was imposed on Rajesh while a fine of Rs 30,000 was imposed on the other three accused.
The court held that it was proved that all the four accused were present on the scene of the crime, and held all the four guilty of offences for which they were chargesheeted. The court stated that it was immaterial if all the accused or one of them committed rape on the victim.
The incident was reported on the night of February 3, when the victim, a 22-year-old woman, was returning to her home at Mubarikpur village in Mohali along with her brother and his wife on a bike. The victim had come along with her sister-in-law to visit some relatives at Tipra village in Pinjore. However, around 8 pm, they were intercepted by a white car, which blocked their way near Bitna village on Pinjore bypass road.
The four convicts came out of the car, and one of them snatched away the bike keys and the cell phone from the victim’s brother, and started beating him. The other two forcibly took the victim, raped her and also beat her up. In her complaint, the victim’s sister-in-law told the police that all the four youths were drunk at the time of the incident. Following the incident, the convicts left the victim and fled.
The victim was taken to hospital, and a police complaint was filed by the victim’s sister-in-law.