The Correspondent Bureau
New Delhi, April 16: The Delhi HC dismissed the appeal of the convicts challenging their conviction and jail term awarded by a trial court in 2016 in the Danish woman gangrape case.
A bench of Justice S. Muralidhar and Justice I.S. Mehta dismissed the appeals moved by the convicts — Mahender alias Ganja, Mohammed Raja, Raju Bhajje, Arjun and Raju Chhaka.
They had challenged the 2016 trial court judgment which convicted them of gang rape, dacoity, kidnapping, wrongful confinement and intimidation.The trial court had on 10 June 2016 awarded life imprisonment till death to the five rapists, saying their “inhuman” and “brutal” acts of abduction and gangrape in 2014 had put a stigma on the reputation of the nation.
The court had held the five men guilty for the offences under IPC sections 376 (D) (gang rape), 395 (dacoity), 366 (kidnapping), 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention).
According to the prosecution, the five, all vagabonds, had robbed and gang-raped 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 near New Delhi Railway Station.
There were a total of nine accused, including three juveniles, in the case, who were charged with gang-raping the woman. One of the adults accused died at the fag end of the trial.–IANS