A local court here on Friday sentenced three men to 20 years in jail for raping a Japanese woman near Jaipur city in February this year.
Main accused Ajit Singh Chaudhary and his two friends were sentenced to 20 years in prison after the court found them guilty under Section 376 D of the Indian Penal Code. The Additional District Judge No. 4 also fined each of the three accused Rs 50,000. Three others — Ramvir, Shivraj and Ramraj — were found guilty under Section 212 of the IPC and sentenced to two years in prison and a fine of Rs 2,000 each.
Chaudhary, the main accused, met the 20-year-old Japanese tourist near Jal Mahal on February 8 and offered to take her for sightseeing.
After taking her to some tourist places during the day, he took her to Mojumabad near Dudu, 40 km from Jaipur, and raped her. He also hit her when she resisted.
Later the same night, he and two other friends forced the girl into a deserted building by the highway and tried to rape her again.
Fortunately for her, the accused fled after seeing a car approaching. While the car did not stop to help her, a biker heard her cries for help and took her to the residence of a local lawyer.
“The lawyer and his wife consoled her and called the police,” Special Public Prosecutor Bhanwar Singh Chauhan told The Indian Express.
Judge Girijesh Kumar Ojha said that rape was a heinous crime by itself and raping a foreign guest was all the more serious, leaving no room for any leniency.
The remaining three accused — Dharamvir, Rajvir and Dharmendra — were acquitted for lack of evidence.