Danish woman gang-rape case : All five convicts sentenced to life imprisonment

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New Delhi : A Delhi court on Friday sentenced to life imprisonment all five convicted in the gangrape and robbery of a 52-year-old Danish woman in central Delhi in 2014. The court on Thursday had reserved its order on their quantum of punishment. During the hearing of the case in court, the police had sought maximum punishment for the five convicts. The accused are Mahendra alias Ganja (24), Mohd Raja (22), Raju (23), Arjun (21) and Raju Chakka (22).

All accused were held guilty for all offences and were convicted for the offences under sections 376 (D) (gang rape), 395 (dacoity), 366 (kidnapping), 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) of 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 sixth accused, 56-year-old Shyam Lal had died in February this year and proceedings against him were abated. Three other accused in the case are juveniles and inquiry against them is in progress before the Juvenile Justice Board. The victim had here on January 1, 2014, and stayed for a couple of days before leaving for Agra. After visiting several places, she returned to Delhi on January 13, 2014, and stayed in a hotel in Paharganj near the station. On the next day when she was returning to her hotel, she lost her way and had asked one of the accused for directions when the men waylaid and gangraped her.