Mumbai mill rape: Convicts face possibility of death
In a landmark judgement, a Mumbai court has held guilty three men accused of raping a photo journalist inside an abandoned mill in Mumbai last year August and charged them under the amended stringent anti-rape laws under which they can face death sentence.
The three - Vijay Jadhav, Qasim Bengali and Salim Ansari - have been identified as repeat offenders since they had earlier assaulted a telephone operator too in the same Shakti Mills area of Mumbai but had gone unpunished.
They were charged under section 376 E of Indian Penal Code. The maximum punishment under this section is death.
The three accused in the case are the first in India to be charged under this stringent section which was added after the 2012 December fatal gang-rape of a Delhi girl inside a bus.
The young photojournalist was gangraped on 22 Aug 2013 inside the mill area when she entered it for a shoot. His male colleague was tied up as she was assaulted by the men.
Five men, including a minor, were accused of the attack. The culprits were charged with rape, conspiracy, common intention and unnatural sex.
(Posted on 03-04-2014)