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Danish woman rape case: Delhi court sentences all accused to life imprisonment

Nine men had been accused of attacking the woman, who had reportedly lost her way and was asking for directions. Three of the accused are juveniles while one died during trial.

A Delhi court sentenced life imprisonment for all the five convicts in the 2014 Danish woman gangrape case in the national capital.

Two years after a 52-year-old Danish tourist was raped at knife-point near the New Delhi railway station, five men were held guilty of gangrape, kidnapping and dacoity by a city court Monday.

Nine men had been accused of attacking the woman, who had reportedly lost her way and was asking for directions. Three of the accused are juveniles while one died during trial.

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Additional Sessions Judge Ramesh Kumar convicted Mahender alias Ganja (27), Mohd Raja (23), Raju (24), Arjun (22) and Raju Chakka (23), who all were present in the court. They were held guilty for offences under sections 376 (D) (gangrape), 395 (dacoity), 366 (kidnapping), 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC on Tuesday.

The sixth accused, Shyam Lal (56), died in February this year and proceedings against him were abated. Additional Public Prosecutor Atul Srivastava, in his arguments, had told the court that DNA evidence from semen samples found at the crime scene had proved the guilt of the accused persons.

According to the prosecution, the men had robbed and gangraped the Danish tourist at knife-point on the night of January 14, 2014, after leading her to a secluded spot close to the Divisional Railway Officers’ Club.

The woman had come to India on January 1, 2014, and had stayed in Delhi for a couple of days before leaving for Agra. After visiting several places, she returned to the capital on January 13, 2014 and stayed at a hotel in Paharganj. The next day, she lost her way while returning to the hotel and had asked one of the accused for directions. The men then waylaid and gangraped her.

 

First published on: 10-06-2016 at 02:25:23 pm
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