A sessions court Thursday awarded life sentence to two men who gangraped a 20-year-old woman, made an MMS clip of their heinous act and circulated it. The victim, who was the girlfriend of one of the accused, had gone to Siddhivinayak Temple, after which they abducted and sexually assaulted her. Three minors accused in the case are being tried in the Juvenile court.
While pronouncing the verdict, sessions judge U S Joshi Phalke observed that the two accused – Suraj Nepali and Rajesh Jaiswal, both in their 20s – had not only committed the serious crime of rape, but they had also defamed the victim by publishing and circulating the MMS clip.
In May 2011, the victim, a Kurar resident, had gone to the temple along with Jaiswal and four others. After the visit, they initially decided to board a train home, but got into a scuffle with some people and hired a taxi instead. They reached Kurar and took the victim to a forest area. The men took turns to sexually assault her and recorded the act on their phone.
The case came to light only in July 2011, when an MMS clip of the incident was found circulating in the neighbourhood. After a television channel ran the story, the Kurar police registered an offence and arrested the accused.
Appearing for one of the accused, advocate Mahesh Patil said they would be filing an appeal against the conviction in the Bombay High Court.