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2005 Ashiana gangrape case: HC directs to complete trial of main accused in 3 months

While two of the accused were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in 2007, two others, Saurabh Jain and Asif Siddiqui, died in a road accident

The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court Monday directed the officials concerned to complete within three months the trial of the prime accused in the case of gangrape of a minor girl, who was kidnapped from Ashiana area of state capital in May, 2005. Prime accused Gaurav Shukla, who was declared a major by the sessions court in March this year after prolonged litigation, is still pending.

“The bench of Justice Sudhir Kumar Saxena has also directed to send the records of the case held in the High Court to the trial court within 24 hours,” said Jalaj Gupta, the counsel for the victim.

Gupta said the dopcuments pertaining to the case were submitted in the High Court for hearing on criminal appeal filed by another accused in the case, Aman Bakshi, who was convicted to 10 years imprisonment in 2007.

Aman Bakshi is presently out on bail.

“An application was recently moved in the trial court requesting to summon the documents of the case from the High Court so that trial against Shukla could start. The trial court then sent a request for the same to the High Court,” said Gupta.

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The case dates back to May 2, 2005 when four youths kidnapped the girl in a car from the Ashiana locality while she was on way to her home. They also beat her and branded her with cigarette butts. Two other accused joined them. All six raped her in the car. Later, they took the girl to a farmhouse, belonging to one of the accused, and again took turns to rape her. She was again beaten by the accused. One of the accused even threatened the girl with a pistol as she was “making noise”.

After abusing her for around two hours, the accused dropped the girl on a deserted street in the night. The victim, with the help of passersby, reached home and informed her parents about the ordeal. The parents lodged an FIR. The police during investigation found involvement of six persons and arrested them.

The chargesheet was filed against all the accused.

While two of the accused — Aman Bakshi and Bhartendu Mishra —- were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in 2007, two others, Saurabh Jain and Asif Siddiqui, died in a road accident.

Another accused Faizan was awarded life term in January, 2013.