A Delhi court on Friday announced the quantum of sentence for the five convicts involved in the gang-rape of a 52-year-old Danish woman and handed all of them life imprisonment. Judge Ramesh Kumar announced the court's verdict Friday in the presence of all the convicts in the courtroom. They can appeal the verdict in a higher court.The court had on Monday held the five accused guilty in the 2014 gang-rape case.
All five adult accused namely Mahendra alias Ganja (24), Mohd Raja (22), Raju (23), Arjun (21) and Raju Chakka (22) were held guilty under Sections 376 D, 366, 342, 395 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Nine men, including three juveniles, were accused of robbing and raping the 52-year-old Danish woman at knife-point near New Delhi railway station in January 2014 after she sought directions to her hotel in Paharganj area.
The Additional Solicitor General had earlier on May 26 fixed the matter for judgement after he concluded hearing final arguments of both the Delhi Police and the defence counsel. While the prosecution submitted that all evidence nails the accused, the defence counsel claimed that his clients were innocent. Shyam Lal, one of the accused, died in February in Delhi’s Tihar Jail and the proceedings against him in this case were abated. The three minors are facing proceedings before the Juvenile Justice Board in connection with this case.