Dan­ish woman gang rape: HC up­holds im­pris­on­ment till death

DNA (Delhi) - - COMMUNITY -

The Delhi High Court up­held the sen­tence on Mon­day of life im­pris­on­ment till death given to five con­victs for gang rap­ing a 52-year-old Dan­ish woman here in 2014.

The high court dis­missed the ap­peal of the con­victs chal­leng­ing their con­vic­tion and jail term awarded by a trial court in 2016.

A bench of Jus­tices S Mu­ralid­har and I S Mehta said the tes­ti­mony of the vic­tim and the DNA re­port, which was a clinch­ing piece of ev­i­dence, have nailed the guilt of the con­victs. The bench, how­ever, pulled up the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer of the case for not con­duct­ing a proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The high court, mean­while, re­jected the tes­ti­mony of an eye­wit­ness given in the trial court, claim­ing to have seen the ac­cused per­sons com­mit­ting the crime with the vic­tim, say­ing he could not be ac­cepted as a nat­u­ral wit­ness.

“In view of the vic­tim’s ev­i­dence, cor­rob­o­rated by the DNA re­port, this court is sat­is­fied that the con­clu­sion of the trial court on the guilt of the ac­cused is cor­rect. Ac­cord­ingly, the ap­peals are dis­missed,” the bench said. The trial court had on June 10, 2016, awarded life im­pris­on­ment till death to the five rapists, say­ing their “in­hu­man” and “bru­tal” acts of ab­duc­tion and gang rape in 2014 had put a stigma on the rep­u­ta­tion of the na­tion.

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