Danish woman gangrape: 5 men get jail term for whole of life

NEW DELHI,NIRNIMESH KUMAR:A Delhi court on Friday awarded life imprisonment for whole natural life to all five convicts in the Danish woman gangrape case. The prosecution had also argued for the same quantum of sentence, while counsel for the accused had sought the minimum sentence of 20 years as provided in the law.

Two of the five convicts in the Danish woman gang rape case at a court in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

All the convicts except one are in their twenties and hail from economically lower stratum. The defence counsel had sought a lesser punishment for them on these two grounds.

The five convicts are Mahendra alias Ganja, Mohd Raja, Raju, Arjun, Raju Chakk.

The prosecution also argued that the convicts had assaulted the woman in a barbaric manner and lowered the prestige of the country abroad. Therefore, they should handed out an exemplary punishment to send across a strong message that the rule of law prevailed in the country.

It was also a rarest of rare rape case as there was also an eye-witness to the incident. A security guard had seen the accused persons assault the victim from a distance of five feet. He had also later identified them in the court.

The Delhi Police have charged them persons with robbing and gang-raping the 52-year-old woman at knife point after dragging her to a deserted place near the Divisional Railway Officers’ Club, about 100 meters from the New Delhi Railway station.

PTI adds:

The court also imposed a fine of Rs. 83,000 each on Raju and Raju Chakka, Rs. 93,000 each on Mahender and Mohd Raja and Rs. 1,03,000 on Arjun.

The court has held these five men guilty for the offences under IPC sections 376 (D) (gangrape), 395 (dacoity), 366 (kidnapping), 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention).

Besides sentencing these convicts for the offence of gangrape, the court also awarded varying jail terms to them for other offences for which they were held guilty.